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Cockroach climbing on the floor

Cockroach or Waterbug? What’s the Difference?

If you’re from Manhattan or one of the other boroughs, you may call this bug “a water bug”.  Water Bugs sound like friendly bugs but are actually cockroaches!  Or roaches for short. Just changing the name doesn’t make the nasty stuff go away!

Cockroaches crawl on stack of bread on counter

Learn How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Home

Cockroaches are among the oldest groups of insects because they will pretty much eat anything. Roaches find and devour any organic material – decaying or fresh – book bindings, glue, leather, beer, cheese, meat, grease, sweets, and starches.

Cockroaches climb on pile of bread

Do Cockroaches Spread Disease? Gross Cockroach Facts

Yuck! Cockroaches spread disease which cause food poisoning .  Because cockroaches or roaches frequent garbage cans, sewers and other nasty places, germs attach to their bodies as they run around. The list of disease causing germs and  bacteria is frightening  including Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Streptococcus (pneumonia), hookworm, pin worms, tapeworms, and even poliomyelitis viruses. And don’t forget that roaches also cause allergies and asthma.

Group of dark cockroaches crawls together across hardwood floor in house

Where Do Cockroaches Live in Your House?

Cockroaches can live almost anywhere.  As a insect who spreads bacteria and disease, no one wants them!  In your home, they have a type of upstairs/downstairs living arrangement between species. Upstairs roaches can be found in  your kitchen, baths, bedrooms, living and dining rooms.  Downstairs roaches enjoy the damp, cool conditions in your basement or crawlspace.