There are several bugs that look like cockroaches and you have most likely mistaken one or many for roaches. It can definitely be confusing trying to distinguish bugs as the striking resemblance can be confusing but this is necessary if you want them gone. Identifying these insects is the first step to their elimination from your premises completely.
Cockroaches are disgusting, to say the least; at least I think they are. They are disease infested and have a tendency to leave their feces lying all over your house. Not only is this grotesque sight but it is also harmful especially to seniors and small children. They love dirty environments such as garbage, rotting animals, etc. Their outer skin is called an exoskeleton which molts several times before they reach complete maturity.
You probably see them scurry away hurriedly any time you turn on the kitchen light. This is because they are nocturnal little creatures. Unlike other bugs, cockroaches normally invade the home. The most common bug confused for a roach is the beetle. Beetles have over 300,000 species in varying sizes, colors and shape. Unlike cockroaches, some beetles may even bite. Here are a few examples of beetle species commonly confused for cockroaches.
· June Bugs
These are the most commonly mistaken bugs for cockroaches as they have striking similarities. They are not disease carriers and so are relatively harmless, but still an unpleasant sight. June bugs are vegetarians who mostly feed on leaves so you will most likely find them in your garden or yard rather than your home. They produce buzzing sounds and you will often bump into them as they lack a sense of direction. They may also love hanging around your porch light during summer.
· Ground Beetles
These bugs are often mistaken for Oriental roaches from a distance. There are about 2,500 species of ground beetles. They appear black and have a shiny outer surface. They are also nocturnal during which they scrape and hunt for food. Their exoskeleton is harder than that of a cockroach and so you will hear a crunch when you do step on them.
Surprisingly, it is a good insect to have in your yard or garden as it eats other harmful pests to your crops such as snails or root maggots. So next time you find a ground beetle, consider taking it to your garden rather than killing it. It will be a great tool for biological control. If you look close enough, you may be able to spot the differences.
· Boring Beetles
They are three species of the boring beetles which may pass off as cockroaches from afar. They have the same size and shape though they are slower than cockroaches. Although they rarely infest homes, these types of beetles are very harmful to your garden
· Palo Verde Beetle
This type of beetle is not very familiar to most eyes as it is mostly located in the South Western region of the United States. They take a considerable amount of time to mature and come out of the soil, four years to be precise. They nibble on tree roots for survival.
These bugs have very long antennae that grow up to four inches away from its body. They can do a number on some tree species. If you spot them there is a likelihood that your trees are infested with their larva. Round exit-holes in the bark of your trees is an indication that you are dealing with an infestation of these insects. They are mistaken for cockroaches especially from afar. They are not that numerous in number and are rare in North America.
They can either be black or brown. Crickets are not as harmful as cockroaches and so there is no cause for alarm if you find them in your home; other than the occasional chirping noises they produce especially in summer. It may be difficult to get a chance to examine these creatures because of their speed. If however, you get a chance to, you will notice their very long hind legs that they use for jumping. They can easily be eliminated using bug lights and traps so heavy pesticides may not be required.
· Water Bugs
Like the name suggests, these are aquatic insects that prefer wet areas as compared to cockroaches. For this reason, you are likely to find water bugs in your pool. Many people actually refer to water bugs as cockroaches and vice versa. This is however not the case as the correct names are Palmetto or Croton bug.
Water bugs are bigger in size and more aggressive than cockroaches. Cockroaches have three pairs of legs while water bugs have only two. While cockroaches prefer to stay in groups, water bugs are solitary insects except during breeding. Both contain wings and similar colorings on their bodies. The best way to keep them away is to keep common wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen clean and dry.
· Bed Bugs
They can sometimes be a mistake for immature cockroaches. They reside among your beddings, mattresses or any cracks and crevices in your bed. The bed bugs are a nuisance as they multiply rapidly and they also bite. They feed on blood and come out at night. If you wake up itchy and swollen, high chances are that they feasted on you through the night.
· Leaf-Footed Bug
Although they are not classified as the most similar bugs that look like cockroaches, they have some close attributes. Both are roughly the same size, have wings, and are brown in color. The most distinguishable characteristic though is that this bug has markings. You will find them on your window sills or walls especially during early fall or late summer.
In conclusion, make sure to read warning labels as some pests, e.g. Asian Longhead beetles, do not respond to insecticides. It is imperative to know exactly what you are dealing with as different pests have different control methods. If you are in doubt, talk to an expert for FREE!.
The best way to differentiate these bugs is to pay close attention to their habitats and physical attributes such as color, wings, etc. Not all bugs that look like cockroaches are harmful; therefore, extermination may not be necessary. Others, like cockroaches, carry microbes which spread diseases, damage property, and multiply fast. Harmless pests may just need to be relocated while the harmful ones call for pest control measures.
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