Having any infestation in your home can make your stomach turn. Water bugs, cockroaches, termites, and rats of all sizes and shapes can cause different problems; some of which can affect your health as well as the integrity of your home. A water bug infestation is one of the most unpleasant.
In order to understand water bug infestation, you should know what they are, their effects on health as well as how to get rid of waterbugs.
What are water bugs?
Water bug is a broad term referring to different bugs. The common ones are the electric light bug, giant water bug, toe bitter, and a brown water bug. Being a member of Hemiptera, they have mouth parts that suck and pierce. There are over 100 species of water bugs in the world, and some live on water surface while others in the fresh water and they have an oval shape, have six legs, and a pair of antenna.
Effects of waterbugs on health
Wherever water bugs go, they leave behind traces of their existences in the form of saliva. Signs that your house is infested by water bugs is feces, parts of their body that fall off or shed, and saliva. Similar to cockroaches, these parts contain allergens or proteins that cause allergies or may trigger asthma symptoms.
In additions to the allergens water bugs carry, tests have been done on their bodies to examine pathogens. Water bugs carry certain diseases such as poliomyelitis that cause polio and salmonella typhi that also causes typhoid. They can also cause dysentery, a disease that includes bleeding and causes severe diarrhea.
How to get rid of water bugs
For the above effects of water bugs on health, it makes sense to want to get rid of them. Here are effective ways to help you get rid of water bugs.
· Look for standing water in the house. Glasses of water, pet water bowls, bird baths, and rain water produce inviting places for water bugs to hatch. To the accumulation of standing water, during the rainy reason, turn over the pot, bird baths, and other containers.
· Place food in air tight containers or place in the refrigerator and clean.
· Use trash cans with air tight lids.
· Pick any trash around the house as water bugs live in the places that are rarely moved and cleaned.
· Use a disinfectant to deep clean the kitchen including the kitchen appliances like the food processor, toaster, grill, juicer, and other areas where food is trapped.
· Use natural pesticides
This is a quick way of getting rid of water bugs though not recommended in homes with children. First, identify where the nests are located then spray the pesticides which will kill the eggs almost instantly.