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Bugs That Look Like Cockroaches

Confusing all types of bugs for cockroaches is quite common. However, since we do not encounter them daily, and when we spot one of them, it’s a good precautionary measure to ensure if it’s an invader.

Ignoring a house cockroach can result in an infestation, so I will explain what a cockroach looks like in this article. I will also list all types of common bugs mistaken for roaches.

Following are a few types of bugs that look like cockroaches:

  • House, camel, field, and mole crickets are often confused for cockroaches.
  • Giant Water Bug is often confused with American and Oriental Cockroach.
  • Ground, Click, Longhorned, Darkling, and Palo Verde Beetles are also confused with cockroaches.
  • Bed Bugs are also confused with baby cockroaches.
  • Silverfish and Earwigs may also be confused with baby roaches.

Let me show you pictures to understand the difference between these bugs, and you can quickly identify a cockroach.

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What do roaches look like?

To know which bug looks like a cockroach, you first need to know what a cockroach looks like. Due to a wide variety of cockroaches, it can sometimes be tricky to tell how a cockroach looks exactly; here are some features that I found were common to all.

Well, to start, a cockroach has a flat oval-shaped body. The roaches have an oily outer surface with a small head under their pronotum. Their sizes depend on their age and living environments. For instance, the American cockroach has a length of approx 2 inches, while the Oriental cockroach comes second with a size of about 1/4 inches long. The biggest cockroach in the world is around 4.5 inches long.

Cockroaches have six spiny legs, all of which are uniform and help them move around quickly. Besides, they also have wings attached to their backs; however, only a few can fly using these wings.

Below are images of a few types of cockroaches for reference.

An image showing different types of cockroaches

Types of Bugs That Look Like Cockroaches

Following are the type and photos of bugs that look like cockroaches.

1. Crickets:

  • House & Camel Crickets are often mistaken for small roaches like german roach, wood roach, and Asian roaches.
  • Field crickets can be confused with Oriental Roaches.
  • A Mole Cricket is sometime hard to categorize as cricket and can be confused with an instar phase of Australian or American roach.

Pictures of Crickets that look like Roaches

I. House Crickets

House Crickets have similar color hues to German and Asian cockroaches. Therefore, you can easily mistake them for roaches, but in actuality, they are not cockroaches.

Below are a few images of house cricket and german roaches in comparison.

A photo of house cricket with comparison to German Roaches
A photo of a House Cricket with comparison to German Roaches
A photo of a House Cricket with a German Cockroach standing side by side
A photo of a House Cricket with a German Cockroach standing side by side

II. Camel Crickets

Camel crickets are similar to german roaches, except they have massive antennas that sometimes resemble a cockroach and get confusing.

Below are images of a camel cricket compared to a German Roach and a Wood Roach.

An image of a camel cricket comapired to german cockroach and  wood cockroach
An image of a camel cricket compared to a german cockroach and wood cockroach.
An image of a camel cricket comapired to a german cockroach
An image of a camel cricket compared to a german cockroach

III. Field Crickets

Field crickets are dark brown or black and can grow around an inch. These crickets can resemble a baby or adult oriental cockroach.

Below are images of field crickets and oriental cockroaches for a comparison.

An top view  image of a field cricket  which can look like an oriental cockroach.
A top view image of a ground cricket that can look like an oriental cockroach.
A side view image of a field cricket  which can look like an oriental cockroach.
A side view image of a ground cricket that can look like an oriental cockroach.

IV. Mole Crickets

Mole crickets may not look identical to a cockroach, but they are often confused for scorpions and identified as baby Australian or American roach.

Below are images of mole cricket in comparison to a cockroach.

An image of a baby mole cricket  which can look like a baby american cockroach.
An image of a baby mole cricket that can look like an American baby cockroach.
An image of a mole cricket  which can look like a baby Australian cockroach.
An image of a mole cricket that can look like an Australian baby cockroach.

How to distinguish a cricket from a cockroach?

The significant difference between a cricket and a cockroach is how it moves from one place to another. A cockroach will always crawl from one spot to another, while a cricket will hop and jump from one spot to another.

Cricket do make noises, but they do at night and if it’s pretty silent out there.

2. Giant Water Bugs

Giant water bugs are slightly larger than roaches, but they can be confused with roaches because, in some regions, the oriental cockroach is known as waterbug.

However, giant water bugs are a completely different kind of bug and can be easily distinguished from a cockroach. Here are 15 Differences between a water bug and a cockroach.

Check these images, and you will learn that it’s effortless to distinguish a Giant Water bug, an oriental cockroach (aka waterbug), and normal cockroaches.

An image of a Giant Water bug that can be confused with an oriental cockroach which is also referred to as a waterbug

Giant water bugs are huge from normal cockroaches, and they can be easily distinguished from cockroaches.

An image of a Giant Water bug that is very different from cockroaches and calling a water bug a roach is insane.

3. Beetles that look like cockroaches

Although beetles are quite different from cockroaches, you can still confuse them both if you don’t encounter them regularly. Therefore, I have written a complete article on cockroach vs. beetle, which can help you differentiate them.

However, these are a few types of beetles that look like roaches.

I. Ground Beetles

Ground beetles are pretty common, and you can often find them wandering in your house. However, if you are not aware of how it looks, you can confuse it for cockroaches. For example, a ground beetle can be confused for Oriental cockroach, Smoky Brown cockroach, and Florida wood cockroach.

Here are images of ground beetle vs. different types of cockroaches.

A top view image of a ground beetle that can look like an oriental cockroach.
A side view image of a ground beetle that can look like an oriental cockroach.
A side view image of a ground beetle that can look like a Flordia wood cockroach.

II. Longhorned Beetle

As you can guess from its name, Longhorned beetles have a pair of long antennae that can be confused with a cockroach. Fundamentally, they are a lot different than roaches but somehow resemble cockroaches to an untrained eye.

Here are images of a Longhorned beetle compared to a few species of cockroaches.

A side view image of an Asian Longhorned beetle that can look like an Oriental or Australian baby cockroach.
A top view image of a Brown Spruce Longhorned beetle that can look like a german cockroach.
A top view image of a Longhorned beetle that can look like a german cockroach.

III. Click Beetles

Click beetles are unique in their shape from other beetles. They have elongated bodies, which can be easily confused with many species of cockroaches. They look like cockroaches but aren’t actually.

Below are images of a few species of click beetles compared to some cockroach species.

An image of a Click beetle that can be confused with a baby American Cockroach
An image of click beetle which look like german cockroach and wood cockroach

IV. Darkling Beetles

Darkling beetles are more like ground beetles, but they are a little brownish. These beetles can be confused with smoky brown cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, and American baby roaches.

Below are images of Darkling beetles compared to a few species of cockroaches.

An image of a darkling beetle compared to an American Cockroach.
A Darkling beetle image compared to the oriental and smoky brown cockroach.

V. Palo Verde Beetles

Primarily found in Southwest America, Palo Verde beetles resemble the cockroaches solely because of their size and color. These beetles have highly stiff exoskeletons, including a thick antenna and a hard shell as well. In addition, their body color varies from darker brown to black shades. They are also better fliers than the cockroaches.

When it comes to their habitation, they are more likely to occupy outdoor places than living indoors. Therefore, they will dwell in bushes and sometimes live in olive trees. More specifically, you will find these bugs laying eggs in the palo verde tree (thus the name).

Below is an image of Palo Verde beetles which resemble an American cockroach.

An image of a Palo Verde Beetle that looks like an American and Oriental Cockroach

3. Bed Bugs can be confused with baby roaches

Bed bugs are almost recognized as baby roaches (specifically the German cockroaches) unless scrutinized. Their reddish-brown tinted body is one of the many reasons that can trick you into thinking it is a cockroach. Not only this but also because of their similar size, it gets tough to assume it’s not a cockroach nymph.

Nevertheless, beg bugs have a round oval-shaped form, a shorter antenna, and are much smaller than baby roaches.

Below are images of bed bugs with baby roaches for comparison.

Images of Bed Bugs that can look like Baby Cockroaches

4. Silver Fish can also look like baby roaches

Silverfish is an invading pest and shall be avoided like roaches. It is a tiny insect and can be confused for baby roaches.

It’s a little thinner in size, but it can be hard to distinguish for an untrained eye. Below is a picture of silverfish vs. baby cockroaches.

Images of Silverfish that can resemble baby cockroaches

5. Earwigs can also be confused for baby roaches

Earwigs are commonly found in gardens, and they can mistakenly end up in your home. These are often mistaken for roaches.

Although earwigs are pretty long in shape, they can be mistaken for baby roaches. Here are images of earwigs compared to baby roaches, and you can see them being quite different.

Images of earwigs that can resemble baby cockroaches

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