When you hear the two words “bugs” and “bathroom,” it probably doesn’t bring up many pleasant feelings. How many times have you walked into the bathroom late at night and flipped on the light only to see a many-legged insect skitter across the wall or floor? We’re betting too many! Most likely, you’re finding bugs in your bathroom because of the moisture. Bugs are attracted to places that will give them water, and your house, specifically your bathroom is a hot spot for food, water, and shelter!
What Kind of Bugs Are in Your Bathroom?
Even though there are millions of bugs, certain ones are more attracted to your bathroom than others. The most common that you’ll find are ants, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, and centipedes. These bugs are attracted to the moisture in the room.
- Ants – Ants can enter your bathroom through air conditioning vents or cracks and crevices in windows or foundation walls. These pests will try to create their shelter in damp, rotting places.
- Cockroaches – Cockroaches come into your bathroom searching for food, water, or shelter. They will most likely be found by your water appliances.
- Silverfish – Silverfish are found in bathrooms because they prefer warm, damp, and dark areas. They seek out moisture to live, so they could also be found in damp basements as well.
- Spiders – Spiders are usually found in bathrooms because they are looking for prey (such as the other bugs on this list). You can also find them in there for water access.
- Centipedes - Centipedes are found in your bathroom because they can’t obtain moisture for long periods of time, so they will find shelter that will give them a constant supply. Centipedes, like spiders, also look for prey in the bathroom.
How to Get Rid of the Bugs in the Bathroom
Insects are always going to make their way into your home, whether it walks right through the door or through your pipes! That may sound nerve wracking, but there are ways for you to keep them out. Minimize the number of bugs coming into your bathroom by getting rid of excess moisture. That could be done by running the fan, using absorbent mats, or fixing any leaky pipes or faucets.
Cleaning your bathrooms frequently can help reduce attractants. Also, make sure that there is no build up in the drain, such as a clump of hair, as it will keep water from running through the pipes and cause a buildup of water that the bugs will be able to survive off of. Seal any cracks in the walls or windows, so the bugs do not have a way to get in.
If the bugs have already made their way in there, TERRO® has plenty of products to help you get rid of them. TERRO® Ant and Roach Bait will allow for you to be able to get rid of both roaches and ants, but if you don’t have cockroaches then TERRO® Liquid Ant Killer is available as well. A specific solution for cockroaches is the TERRO® Roach Bait Gel! There is also TERRO® Spider Killer Spray that eliminates spiders, cockroaches, ants, and other insects. These products are meant to be used on the spot that they have found their home in to help eliminate them at the source.
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