These creepy creatures look a lot like giant roaches. They are disgusting to live with and even more disgusting and difficult to kill. They live mainly at the bottom of lakes, ponds and freshwater streams, and are said to have the most painful sting among all insects on earth. They can creep into your house through windows and get in to swimming pools and other water source they can find. Does that sound like an excerpt from “Aliens”? Well, the topic of discussion is, in actuality, water bugs! You may not always be able to prevent them from being uninvited guests in your home. However, there are certain steps you can take to flush them out and get rid of them.
Tips For Getting Rid Of Water Bugs
- Ensure that unused areas of your house are thoroughly cleaned out. Empty boxes that are lying idle could be a haven for water bugs. When you clear out clutter and get rid of their hidey-holes, you will discourage them from moving into your home again.
- If you need any old boxes or other junk, ensure that these are thoroughly dusted and cleaned out. This will discourage water bugs from creeping in and they will find another home to move to if yours is not conducive to their stay.
- Vinegar can be very effective to get rid of these pests. Vinegar could be poured down dishwasher drains, garage drains, and every other drain in your house as well as in your bathroom.
- Trim back foliage from around all entrances to your home, including windows. Water bugs love the moist, damp soil and shady areas next to your house, and if these areas also provide access to your home, it is likely the bugs will invite themselves in.
- Cleanliness is a great step towards keeping water bugs away. Ensure that all dustbins are kept clean and that bits of food that are fallen down are immediately cleared up.
- If you have a pet, keep its food in a secure place, out of the reach of these pests. Most importantly, if your pet is a sloppy eater, ensure that you get it a larger bowl to prevent messes. If you do not have a big bowl for your pet’s food, ensure that you clean up thoroughly after your pet eats, so that water bugs will not be attracted or have an excuse to stay on.
- Spray them out. There are many off-the-shelf bug sprays that can be used. However, this should be used judiciously, since these are toxins and could poison your pet or you if it is not used with care.
- Get an exterminator to finish the job if all your attempts are clearing up water bugs fail. The exterminators usually have solutions that will kill or drive away the bugs, without harming your pets or you.