Protect yourself from cockroaches in your home…

Call us now to help with any cockroach or other pest control issues!

  • Get the proven solution to safely eliminate cockroaches from your home
  • Join our more than 500,000 happy customers
  • Get rid of cockroaches before they become a problem
  • For a limited time, get $50 OFF1 Pest Control2 from a pest control expert in our network.

What’s The Difference Between Water Bugs and Cockroaches?

Need to get rid of cockroaches? Read on to learn the answers to all of your important questions. Need help? Call our professionals today to get started.

Schedule Today!

Water Bugs vs. Cockroaches

Many different regions in the United States have their own particular names for the same insect. “Water bug” is one such denomination. Depending on where you live, American cockroaches, smokybrown cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches can all be referred to as water bugs. True water bugs resemble cockroaches in many ways, but there are some key differences. Water bugs and cockroaches belong to different orders of insect, which means that treating any infestation or issue you might have depends on first correctly identifying which species of insect you might be dealing with. Read on to learn about the key differences between water bugs and cockroaches. 

What Do Water Bugs Look Like?

The true water bug is the giant water bug. These insects get their name from the fact that they are aquatic insects. You can find the giant water bug in various water sources including ponds, lakes, and slow-moving water sources like streams and creeks. They live off other insects, tadpoles, snails, crayfish and even small fish. 

Commonly larger than cockroaches at about 2 to 2.5 inches in size, these insects are brown in color and have oval shaped, elongated bodies. Giant water bugs are winged like cockroaches and are attracted to light. Giant water bugs differ from cockroaches in that they have 2 claw-like appendages which protrude from the side of their head. These are used to breathe while they are at the surface of the water. 

What Is The Main Difference Between Water Bugs And Roaches?

Cockroaches like to gather in warm, moist areas, including anything near water, but unlike water bugs, they mostly live on land. Appearance-wise, the main difference between a cockroach and a water bug is the antenna. Cockroaches have very long antennae, while water bugs have clawed feet.

Perhaps the largest difference between the giant water bug and common roach species that are misidentified as water bugs is that giant water bugs are known to bite if disturbed, threatened or handled. Their bite can be painful but is not toxic or venomous. 

The key to controlling any pest successfully is initial identification. Misidentifying any insect or rodent may only delay the solution.

Find A Pest Specialist For Cockroach Control

If you are concerned about cockroach control for your home, please give us a call or fill out the form on this page. PestControlExperts.com is a team of experts who are highly qualified to provide the best recommendations for you and your home, no matter which part of the United States you live in.

Call 855-891-5410

Interested in other recommendations?

Call to Get Started

Get Your FREE Quote!

Call 855-891-5410

To Get Started

Call to Get Started

© 2022 PestControlExperts.com, all rights reserved. Some restrictions may apply. Read our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

The creator of this review received compensation by RMICPA, LLC on behalf of Terminix®. This review is the opinion of its creator and its claims are not endorsed or evaluated by RMICPA, LLC.

1/* - Treatments and Covered Pests defined in your Plan. Limitations apply. See Plan for Details

2 - SAVE $50 on a Terminix® Pest Control Plan or $50 OFF pest control: Offer valid only at participating locations. Single-family dwelling units only. Requires purchase of a new annual residential pest control plan. Offer may not be combined with other offers, bundled service offerings or discounts. Additional limitations apply. Not valid for existing pest control customers. Offer expires 12.31.2020.

3 - $50 OFF Quick Guard® Mosquito Service: Offer valid only at participating locations. Single-family dwelling units only. Requires purchase of an annual Mosquito Service Agreement. Offer may not be combined with other offers or discounts. Additional limitations apply. See agreement for details. NOT AVAILABLE IN NY, VT, NH AND PORTIONS OF CT. Offer expires 12.31.2020

4 - Save 10% on a termite plan+: Offer valid only at participating locations. Single-family dwelling units only. Offer may not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Discount applies to purchase of new annual termite treatment plans only; discount does not apply to Dual Advantage Protection Plans, bundled service offerings or termite coverage plans. Additional limitations apply. Not valid for existing termite customers. Offer expires 12/31/2020.

# - Exclusive web offer only. This product is not sponsored by, endorsed or affiliated with Terminix®