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How To Get Rid of Water Bugs

In the kingdom of household pests, water bugs do surely reign supreme and unchallenged. These are large insects and are very similar in appearance to cockroaches. They can make life a living hell for you and your family, and killing them is a feat that requires a certain degree of fortitude as the procedure can be disgusting. For even in death, they shall bug you (pun fully intended). They may reign supreme in their insect kingdom, but fortunately they need not rule at all in your house as there are several ways in which they can be gotten rid of. These remedies are inexpensive and very easy to implement.

Why use Natural Remedies

You always have the option of calling in an exterminator, so why should you bother with these DIY remedies? Calling in an exterminator is an easy choice, but you should keep in mind that exterminators invariably use chemicals to kill off the water bugs. Therefore if there are pets or children in the house, using chemicals can be a major health hazard. Exterminators are also expensive and you would have to evacuate the house so that they could safely use their chemicals.

So why go through the hassle when keeping them away can be easily accomplished using inexpensive and safe remedies?

Types of Water Bugs

The term “water bug” encompasses a sizeable number of water-based insects that are classified as “true bugs”. They are differentiated from all other insects that are usually found in the proximity of lakes and ponds by the fact that they do not possess gills for breathing. The air is their source for oxygen.

Water bugs that live below the surface of water, are capable of carrying sufficient quantities of oxygen either in bubble form or a sheath of air maintained by waterproof cilia that cover their entire body.

  1. Water Scorpion

Water scorpions get their name from their unique forelimbs that bear resemblance to the frontal pincers that a scorpion possesses. Water scorpions are of two broad types. One type is extremely thin and resembles an undersized stick. The other type is almost leaf-shaped and relatively broader. Water scorpions are carnivores and use their forelimbs to attack and kill their prey.

  1. Back Swimmer

Back swimmers get their name from the fact that they are able to swim on their backs upside down. While swimming their legs are either on the surface of water or close to it. Their eyes are huge and form the greater part of their head. Back swimmers are natural predators and derive their sustenance by preying on smaller water-based life forms such as bloodworms and water-based larvae. Their bites are highly painful for humans.

  1. Giant Water Bug

As the name suggests, giant water bugs are huge and are the biggest amongst water bugs. They are usually found in regions where the water source is almost entirely still. Giant water bugs derive their sustenance by preying on small fish, water-based invertebrates and tadpoles. Their size is the most common means of identifying them. Apart from that, they are easily identifiable by a sharp beak that is located on their underside and overlapping wings which are located on the end of their abdomen.

  1. Water Boatman

There are over 500 different species of the water boatman. Water boatmen are as long as 13mm and possess triangular heads with bodies that marked with unique black and brown ridges. Water boatmen are not predators by nature and derive their sustenance from aquatic plant life and algae.

  1. Water Striders

Water striders are flat and long insects. They are easily identifiable by their two extra pairs of legs which are usually twice the length of their body. Water striders are predators and derive their sustenance by preying on larvae and smaller insects that happen to be present on the water surface. They do not have a predisposition to attack humans.


Here are six things you can do

  1. Firstly, investigate areas in your home where there is standing water or food that is exposed to the open air. If there is any pet food lying around, be sure to remove that. Pet food is an excellent source of food for water bugs and even cockroaches. It is a good idea to make a schedule for meal times so that you can wash and clean the bowl of your pet once they have finished eating.

  2. All your food should ideally be kept inside refrigerators. If this is not possible, make sure that you have placed the food in containers that are airtight.

  3. Use rubbish bins which have lids that fit very tightly. Piles of compost or trash cans that are exposed to the air are a source of attraction for water bugs. They are sustenance for the bugs and excellent breeding grounds as well. Make a practice of taking out your trash on a daily basis.

  4. Maintaining cleanliness is the best way of warding off water bugs. Clean up your yard and your house. Water bugs thrive in areas that are moved around or cleaned rarely. Make a habit of recycling your food containers and old newspapers. Ensure that all the containers in your house have lids that fit tightly. If you have old cardboard boxes that are unused and lying around, it is best to dispose of them. Cardboard boxes are homing beacons for water bugs.

  5. Check if there is any standing water inside or outside of your home. Tarps, water bowls, plant saucers, glasses of water, bird baths and puddles of rainwater are all prime locations for water bug breeding and hatching.

  6. Clean out your kitchen thoroughly using a disinfectant. Ensure that you clean all kitchen appliances, especially ones that may have food residue.

Keep Waterbugs Away with Professional DIY Insecticides

One surefire way to keep water bugs away from your home and yard is by utilizing insecticide products in areas where you have seen them. Perhaps the best product for this is a broad spectrum insecticide such as Reclaim IT. Mix reclaim with water in a handsprayer and spray in any area where you have noticed the presence of water bugs. You can also use this as a barrier treatment around the exterior perimeter of your home to ensure they don’t make their way inside.

For more helpful DIY pest control advice, give us a call at 800-479-6583 or send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy to assist you.


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