Most people refer to waterbugs as cockroaches. While they may be related, waterbugs are a specific type of cockroach that is often found near sources of water.
These pests are not only a nuisance, but they can also carry diseases. If you’re dealing with a waterbug infestation, here’s what you need to know about getting rid of them.
How to Remove Waterbugs From Your Pool
Before you start using weapons of mass insect destruction, ensure your challenge is actually a member of the waterbug family. Perform a basic search online on insect databases for waterbugs. Use the terms “waterbugs” or “palmetto bug” for the best results. Also, remember to search for information on the common places you are likely to find them in the house.
Since the water bugs most likely came in from the outdoors, look for nests, and likely entry points to your house. This means you may have to go deep in those dark corners of the house that are not prone to traffic. Also, check for spaces between windows, pipes, and doors around your house. Remember to check for cracks in walls and concrete floors as well.
If you fail to find a nest, try searching at night in rooms that have no light, which is the preferred environment for waterbugs. Check every room in the house, as cockroaches can easily move around and make new nests.
Once you have determined the locations of the waterbugs, the next step is to get some pesticide. One common way through which these chemicals work is to exploit the natural habits of waterbugs. Interestingly, while cockroaches are associated with filth and dirt, they also like to groom themselves regularly. Thus, spraying them with pesticides means that they will consume the chemicals – and this behavior is their ticket to extermination.
Once you have applied your chosen method of bug extermination, take steps to ensure you prevent future infestations. The first step in the process would be to seal all gaps and cracks that may encourage water bug infestation – but this is just the first step.
Then, you have to ensure that the roaches don’t have any reason to get into your room. Plus, check any poorly lit or low traffic areas of the house regularly for infestations. Some few tips to help you keep track of any infestation include:
Ensure that you seal and store and store all your food – and avoid leaving it open overnight
Put tight-fitting lids on recycling bins and empty them at least once every week.
Apply pesticide or a mild chemical to low traffic areas of the home
Try confining your meals to one section of the home.
Vacuum clearly to remove debris, crumbs, and clean the kitchen thoroughly. Ensure that you also clean all appliances thoroughly with some disinfectant
Clean carpets and rugs regularly with a steam cleaner for the best results
Fix leak interior faucets and repair basement walls where water seeps into the system
Safety Tips When Using Chemical Products for Waterbugs
Some of these chemicals are potent and can pose a health threat if you fail to use them as required. Below are some safety tips you should consider:
Never use spray products close to the face.
Wash your hands after each application of chemical products
Keep children and pets away from treated areas.
Products for Killing Waterbugs
Natural pest killers – these include a wide array of products. For instance, it may include concentrated white vinegar, a mix of equal parts of sugar, boric acid, and borax. These are all products that will destroy the digestive tracts of insects and essential oils such as citronella. You can also apply these products to the nests of waterbugs. Plus, they also work well in sections such as drains, toilets, dishwashers and more, by using a spray bottle. The best way to apply powders is to sprinkle them around water bug nests, or places they are likely to frequent.
Synthetic chemical treatments – each of these chemicals has active ingredients that you can use to target the nervous systems of waterbugs. Remember to read and follow the instructions provided with each product. Any toxic ingredients may be poisonous to indoor pets and even people. You will find these products in these common forms:
Gels – these include products such as Combat Max Killing Gel, which works well thanks to the syringe-like application technique. They are much easier to apply to hard to reach areas, such as under the fridge or in drains.
Traps – a great example would be the Black Flag Roach Motel product, which works well to lure and exterminate water bugs that are not easy to find
Sprays – these are perhaps the most popular types of spray to use for DIY extermination of waterbugs. SC Johnson, the maker of Roach Killer Spray, recommends that you ensure kids and pets are safe away from the application site.
Outside intervention – in this case, you hire a professional exterminator, who is crucial in eliminating water bugs especially if you have a persistent infestation.
Don’t Wait Too Long
If you have an infestation of waterbugs, don’t wait to deal with it. These pests can be difficult to get rid of, but with the right steps, you can get your swimming pool back to normal.