How do I get rid of sewer roaches or water bugs?

Question: We get these bugs — some people call them sewer roaches, and others call them water bugs. How do we get rid of them? They come out in the summer time, from drains in homes and drains in the streets. I get them bad outside my home, especially when it rains. They come in from under the doors. They’re huge and they run fast. It’s hard to catch them and kill them. Even if you do catch them, you hate to step on them because they are so big.


ANSWER: Water bugs are cockroaches. Some people may call them ”sewer roaches,” but they are the same thing. The Oriental cockroach is the official common name. This species behaves like the other, more common household cockroaches.

Oriental Cockroach

They generally live in basements or other cool areas. If a problem develops in apartments, it will usually be on the ground floor. They may be found in bathtubs and in kitchen sinks, but they do not come in through the drain pipes. They lack the sticky pads on their feet that other cockroaches have, so once they get into the tub or sink they can not crawl out because of the smooth sides.

Control of these cockroaches is best with the use of baits. But like control of any cockroach species, it is often difficult and time consuming. It is best to leave the job to a professional. You can help your Pest Specialist by following their recommendations on ways to cut down or eliminated conditions cockroaches find attractive. After that, the Pest Specialist will carry out the treatments.

Call your local Orkin branch office, and an Orkin Pest Specialist will come to your home. They will conduct a very thorough inspection of your premises, assess the situation and develop a customized highly effective treatment plan that will fit your needs.

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