Cockroaches are often thought of as a kitchen pest. After all, the kitchen is the source of the two things they need most: food and water. However, cockroaches are not very picky, and they are often just as happy to spend their time in the bathroom as in the kitchen. How can you keep them from moving into your shower or taking over your toilet? Employ these cockroach control tips in your bathroom.
Replace deteriorating caulk.
Damaged caulk may seem like a strange attractant for cockroaches. However, the damaged caulk lets moisture seep behind it, and that lingering moisture is what attracts the bugs. You can pull the damaged caulk out, let the area dry for a few days, and then apply a new bead of caulk to the seam. Let the caulk dry for two or three days before you use the shower or sink you just re-caulked.
Clear clogged drains.
Clogged drains are another sign of lingering moisture. If your drains are slow, try plunging them, which should remove a lot of the grime and let water flow down freely. If this does not help, you might want to hire a plumber to come professionally clear your drains.
Don't put anything other than paper in the trash can.
Your bathroom trash can should not be a receptacle for any food-related waste, or really anything other than tissue or other paper products. As strange as it may sound, even mucous on tissue can be attractive to cockroaches, so you really want to use a covered garbage can in the bathroom. Remember to take the trash out often.
Dry out the shower.
When you are finished showering, turn on the exhaust fan and open the shower curtain or door to allow the shower stall to dry. You don't want that moisture to hang around too long as it might attract roaches.
Clean more often.
Hungry roaches will happily munch away at the beginnings of any mold growth in the bathroom. In addition to keeping the bathroom dry, you will want to clean it more often so mold is removed promptly. Scrub down the shower and sink, using a disinfecting cleaning product like bleach.
With the tips above, you can make your bathroom far less appealing to cockroaches. If you do start seeing roaches anywhere in your home, contact a pest control company. The sooner you take action, the easier time you'll have getting rid of the bugs.