January 16, 2023
Have you ever made a quick trip to the loo in the wee hours of the morning only to see a cockroach dart behind the toilet when you turned on the light or found a roach hanging out in the bathroom sink? If you answered in the affirmative, we express our sympathy but would encourage you with this, you are not alone. Although we weren’t there to witness events firsthand, we feel pretty confident saying that since humans started using bathrooms around 2800 BC, roaches have probably been infesting them. While we realize this isn’t exactly a topic that you want to think about let alone have us expand on, cockroaches in bathrooms continue to persist despite modern conveniences.
Why do cockroaches infest bathrooms?
Since we no longer use garderobes like the medieval royals of Europe relied on to evacuate their bowels nor trek into the woods to use the outhouse like our early forebears had to do, you’d think cockroaches really wouldn’t be a problem; sadly, that’s not the case. Despite modern conveniences, cockroaches are a common problem in bathrooms because they provide everything these nasty bugs need to survive- water, food, and the right type of environment. Your bathroom may attract cockroaches if:
- Your bathroom is warm and perpetually humid
- They can hide under bathroom sinks, behind toilets, inside trash cans, or other dark hiding places
- There are leaking pipes, clogged drains, and other plumbing problems
- They’ve got easy access to things they consider food like soap, toothpaste, skin care products, toilet paper, and even dead skin cells
- Dirty laundry and wet bath mats are not picked up regularly
How do cockroaches get into bathrooms in the first place?
In some cases, cockroaches may crawl right up through the drain but often they migrate from outdoors, up through your home and into the bathroom. Common entry points for cockroaches include:
- Garage doors that do not have weather stripping installed
- Gaps around the bulkhead and basement windows
- Cracks, gaps, and other openings on the exterior of the house
It’s worth noting, cockroach infestations can also originate in boxes and bags carried home from grocery stores and other shops.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
According to the World Health Organization, cockroaches are “unhygienic scavengers in human settlements” and on their website, the National Pest Management Association warns roaches leave behind germs and bacteria including E. Coli and Salmonella as they travel across surfaces. Since you cannot see what they’ve carried in on their bodies, you really can’t avoid contact. Additionally, cockroach infestations have the potential to trigger both allergic reactions and asthma attacks, especially in children.
What to do if you spot cockroaches in your bathroom or anywhere else
If you find cockroaches in your bathroom, don’t ignore the problem. Cockroaches will not go away once the weather warms up and actually reproduce at an alarming rate. In order to get rid of cockroaches, you need to take immediate action and by that, we mean contact Pine State Pest Solutions.
How Pine State Pest Solutions eliminates cockroaches
When you contact our locally owned and operated Maine pest control company for help getting rid of roaches, we’ll start with a thorough inspection. Based on our findings, we’ll recommend a treatment plan that could include cockroach baiting or spraying, depending on the nature and severity of the infestation.
We highly recommend signing up for year-round home pest control
For homeowners who want to make sure cockroaches and other pests don’t have the chance to occupy their bathrooms, kitchens, or other areas of the home, we recommend signing up for year-round protection. Providing home pest control services in Auburn, Portland, and Gray as well as throughout several Maine counties, homeowners can count on our team to keep insects and rodents out no matter the season! Compare our home pest control plans and pricing below or simply give us a call to find out how we can help you.
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Commercial pest control specialists that knock out roaches
In addition to our residential services, Pine State Pest Solutions specializes in commercial pest control services that exterminate cockroaches, rodents, and other pests that are problematic for apartment complexes, restaurants, office buildings, and other businesses. If you’re searching for a reliable pest control provider for your company, we’d love to speak with you!