While upsetting, it’s no surprise to find cockroaches scurrying around a kitchen. These fast-moving pests are voracious scavengers and can feed on just about anything. Naturally, the place you prepare and cook your food is an attractive spot for cockroaches.
However, you may be wondering why cockroaches will also infest bathrooms if what they’re mostly after is food scraps.
Why Your Bathroom is a Target
Cockroaches can infest many parts of a home, but bathrooms are especially prone to infestations due to their high moisture level. Cockroaches seek out spaces that are dark and damp to settle in. Any crevice, pocket, or crack in your bathroom that a cockroach can squeeze into can become their new favorite hideout. Even if your bathroom is seemingly free from holes, cockroaches will happily inhabit a shower drain.
Cockroaches are extremely hardy creatures, and while you might not think there’s anything in your bathroom for them to eat, cockroaches have been known to feast on bathroom essentials such as soap and toothpaste.
Cockroaches are nocturnal insects and you’re most likely to stumble upon them at night. Cockroach sightings during the day could signal an infestation, as an overflowing population can push stragglers into an area where they’re more exposed. These pests congregate in groups, so seeing just one cockroach usually means there are more around that you haven’t found yet.
What Should you Do?
One of the first things you can do yourself is clean up the area. There’s probably not food lying around your bathroom, but cockroaches thrive in clutter. Removing dirty clothes from the bathroom floor, securing the lid on the trashcan, and generally tidying up the space can discourage roach activity.
Keeping your bathroom as dry as possible can also help reduce the appeal for roaches. Replacing damp towels with dry ones, wiping away excess water from surfaces after bathing, and managing the humidity also make your bathroom less attractive to cockroaches.
If you suspect that your home already has an infestation and you’re not confident you can tackle it yourself, you should consider consulting a professional exterminator to guide you through the best course of action. Contact us today to learn more about how we can rid your home of tricky pests.