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Roach or Beetle?

Cockroaches are disgusting, filthy insects. There are many bugs that look like cockroaches however, so how can you identify them? Finding a 6 legged insect with a hard exterior walking around is pretty nasty. While you don’t want to have any kind of insect in your house, it’s nice to know what you’re really dealing with. So if you think you have a bad case of beetles in your house, you could really have a filthy infestation of roaches. Or the other way around. Pointe Pest Control is here to help you learn the differences.

Features of a Beetle

Beetles comprise of 40% of all insects and 25% of all our planet’s lifeforms. There are more than 400,000 beetles on earth, which inhabit nearly all ecosystems except for the polar regions and the sea. One similarity a beetle shares with a cockroach is the hard exoskeleton but their physical characteristics differ. Beetles have 3 distinct segments with 3 pairs of legs and and a set of wings that fold out from under the beetle’s shell. They have large heads with distinctive mandibles for chewing. The beetle is typically smaller than a cockroach and has a harder body. Beetles eat other insects which are usually pests, which makes beetles a friends to humans.

Features of a Cockroach

Cockroaches are flat and oval with 6 legs and long, slender antennae coming from their heads. They typically emit a foul odor and can run very fast. These insects have a shield like structure that comes over their heads so that from the top, you cannot see their eyes and head. Cockroaches are known to spread and carry diseases, which puts you and your loved ones at risk. They drop their feces everywhere they go, putting small children and the elderly in danger since they are more susceptible to the bacteria carried by these filthy insects. Cockroaches will eat any and everything, thus keeping them alive for an extreme amount of time because you could never get rid of its food sources.

Keep Them out of Your Home

Whether it’s a beetle or a roach problem, Pointe Pest Control has your covered. We can handle any type of infestation, no matter the size. Even though beetles are harmless, if you have them in your home, it’s not where they should be. It is essential if you have cockroaches to have them removed immediately for the sake of your health. Give us a call today and we will help you rid any crunchy critter from your home.