There are obviously tons of great things about moving out of your parent's house and moving into your own place. But with all of that freedom comes a big price: responsibility. One of the worst things about being in your own place is having to deal with the gross stuff that comes up, and that includes pests. Every home, no matter how small or how clean, gets bugs once in a while. This is an unfortunate truth about being an adult! Sometimes those bugs are annoying but relatively harmless, like ants or cave crickets (which are actually horrifying). Sometimes they're terrifying, but at least a little useful like spiders, which eat the other stuff. But sometimes they're terrifying and not useful at all, like waterbugs. These are not fun to see, and they can lead to a big infestation, so you'll definitely want to know how to keep waterbugs out of your apartment.
A waterbug is often confused for a cockroach, and in fact, sometimes people say "waterbug" when they really mean cockroach. It's not hard to see why, as they are quite similar in both appearance and habit, but they are not technically the same bug. Waterbugs are attracted to damp, moist areas, and they are also very attracted to old food and garbage. In other words, if you're noticing waterbugs in your home, that's probably an alarm that you aren't cleaning enough. Preventing them requires some basic home maintenance, and is easy enough — and doing so is more simple than trying to get rid of them once they're there!