ORIENTAL COCKROACH VS GIANT BLACK WATER BEETLE IN WINTERS, CA; FACTS, IDENTIFICATION & ROACH CONTROL
Many people get the Oriental Cockroach and the Water Beetle confused with each other. When, in fact, there’s a big difference between the two. It’s understandable when you take a first look at the water beetles. They’re big and black, much like an Oriental cockroach. On behalf of the Water Beetle, Woodland Davis Termite & Pest Control would like to set the record straight.
Giant Black Water Beetle Identification & Facts
There are over 1,500 different species of water beetle. The number one water beetle that gets confused with the Oriental cockroach is the Giant Black Water Beetle. This is one of the largest beetles you will find swimming in fresh waters. Though this beetle spends most of its life in water, they will come out so they can travel to other lake and ponds. They also come out of the water to breed and hunt for food some of the time. This beetle can get up to two inches in length and are a little less than an inch wide. They have a glossy black shell with greenish accents while in the light. Because of the water beetle’s shell and size, it looks a lot like the Oriental cockroach. However, the antenna of the water beetle is very short. On the other hand, cockroaches have long antennas. The water beetle has three distinct sections similar to cockroaches. The water beetle’s body is much smoother. Their wings and shell cover their abdomen making it easier to tell the difference. The giant water beetle is actually a good bug to have around. They are predatory insects that eat other bugs. This can keep a lot of those problematic insects at bay!
Oriental Cockroach Facts
Oriental cockroaches are large black cockroaches that like dark wet and damp places. This leads to confusion with the water beetle because it also hangs out by water. The Oriental cockroach also shares some similar characteristics with water beetles. First of all, they are also big black bugs. However, they are about an inch in size. Their entire body is very dark brown or nearly black and sometimes they have a greasy shine to them. The females have heavier bodies than the males and have small wings that cover a portion of their back. Despite the wings, they are unable to fly. The Oriental cockroach is not something you want hanging around. They travel in large numbers and can be quite destructive to your home. They also carry diseases. Water beetles have no known disease, and most of the time you will only see a single beetle. More may be seen during the mating season. Oriental cockroaches dine on mostly rotting food and garbage. Therefore, they stay near garbage cans. When they do come into your home, they will eat anything. Cockroaches find papers and glue edible. When an infestation occurs, they will poop everywhere which causes a gross musty smell. The diseases they carry are far worse. This disease is bacterial which they carry on their body. The disease is spread when their body comes in contact with any kind of surface. If they come in contact with your kitchen eating surface or food this can make you and your family really sick.
Oriental Cockroach Control
At first glance, the water beetle and the Oriental cockroach hold a lot of similarities. But take a second look. Knowing the difference can be helpful. Don’t overreact, just call your pest guy. Remember though, if it’s just a water beetle, as scary as they might look, they pose no harm to you and will actually assist you in eating unwanted pests. Woodland-Davis Termite and Pest Control is standing by to treat all your pest problems in Yolo County!