One of the most common pests you will see during this time is what many people call a “water bug”. But what they are usually referring to is actually one of three species of outdoor cockroaches, aka Palmetto bugs. They are the Oriental, American, and Smoky Brown cockroaches. These are not to be confused with the domestic cockroaches (German) that strike fear in the hearts of homeowners and business owners alike.

The actual water bug, Belostomatidae, lives in fresh water and is unlikely to be found in your home.

Water Bug Identification Chart. “Periplaneta fuliginosa (Serville, 1839) Smoky Brown Cockroach” by LennyWorthington is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Even though they are considered outdoor cockroaches, they will still find ways to invade your home or business, especially during times of heavy rain. And, while they are not considered as damaging as their domestic counterparts, they can still wreak havoc.

There are some steps you can take to try and prevent these pests from infiltrating your home. Best practice is to remove areas of standing water under gutters and pipes and eliminate damp areas outside of your home. However, taking all of those steps will only mitigate the risk of infestation.

If you’ve found even one roach in your home or building, call or email us at Romans Pest Management for cockroach control and prevention! We can treat both the inside and outside of your home to prevent them from coming inside and reproducing.