Do you wish to remove all types of bugs from your life? After all, no one likes being surrounded by crawling pests.
The first step to successfully getting rid of a pest is to identify what it is. Identifying their type allows you to take measures to get rid of them accordingly.
We live in a world which has a variety of insects and living things. Therefore, it is natural to get confused between various bugs. One of the most common confusions people have is in differentiating different bugs from roaches.
Correctly identifying bugs ensures that you deal with them appropriately. Here are some of the bugs that may look like cockroaches but aren’t.
June bugs are found in gardens since they prey on leaves. People find these bugs annoying due to their tendency of sticking together with hundreds of other June bugs.
Since they are attracted to light, June bugs can be found crawling around your garden only in the summer season. While they do not carry any diseases and are not harmful to your health, they do cause damage to the plants in your garden.
Their similar exoskeleton and uncanny resemblance to cockroaches make them hard to identify. However, if you ever see a bug looking like a roach feasting off your plants, you can safely classify it as June bugs.
Ground beetles are often mistaken for oriental roaches due to their black and glossy exterior and their habit of emerging during the night.
However, ground beetles have an exoskeleton that is harder than cockroaches. It means stepping on them makes an audible crunching sound. Unlike cockroaches, ground beetles are not harmful. In fact, they are beneficial for your garden. They eat other insects that harm your plants.
It is crucial to recognize a ground beetle when you see one so that you don’t kill one accidentally. Rather, you should put it in your garden to allow for healthier plants.
The names water bugs and cockroaches are often used interchangeably with one another. However, they are two different species with stark differences.
The appearance is where the similarities end. As the name suggests, water bugs are aquatic insects and thrive in water. While a cockroach has six legs, water bugs have four.
You can identify a water bug by observing whether or not it swims in water.
Crickets are found in gardens and are known to be beneficial for the environment. Their sound may serve to be a source of annoyance for many, but they do not pose any health risks like cockroaches.
While crickets are found in similar shades of brown and black, they are smaller than roaches and their exoskeleton is soft. If you ever find a cricket in your house, you should remove it since it damages furniture. However, rather than killing it, it is better to set it free in your garden.
As you can see, not every bug that looks like a roach is one. Therefore, before freaking out and proceeding to kill a bug, identify what it is.
If it causes you no harm, there is no point in getting insect blood on your hand.