Are There Roaches In The Drain?
Roaches In The Drain Is A Very Common Concern Here In Florida
You clean regularly and don't leave dirty dishes in the sink. In fact, you are probably cleaner than most people. However, you still have the occasional run in with a Florida roach. Are you wondering if you have a problem with roaches in the drain? The answer may confirm your concern.
There are over 60 species of cockroaches in the United States. They have developed cunning survival techniques spanning millions of years. So while you might seem surprised, it is very likely that roaches have gained access to your home through the drain system. We see it more frequently especially as temperatures start to drop. If there is even the slightest weak spot in your drain system where something wasn't sealed off properly, it is probable that roaches will take advantage of it and make their way into your home somehow. Why the drain? It's actually the perfect environment for them: damp, dark and filled with decaying food matter.
The roaches are just doing their part in the chain of the ecosystem. They feast on decaying matter and convert it to nitrogen. However, while nature doing its thing is all well and good, we still don't want roaches in the drain, much less our homes. There are some steps you can take to perform your own roach extermination from the drains.
Inspect Your Drain
Where possible, check the condition of your drain and your pipes throughout your home. Look for any cracks or openings. If necessary, you may need to have a plumber come out and send a camera scope deep into your pipes to ensure everything is intact.
Sanitize Your Drains
It seems like a common solution to the problem would be to just pour bleach down your drain. Yes, this will temporarily eliminate the roaches in the drain. However, the toxic bleach fumes typically are released back into the home, which can contribute to irritation. Also, bleach can also damage some kinds of plumbing.
Natural Alternatives To Dealing With Roaches In The Drain
Plug your sink up and fill it all the way with warm or hot water. Then remove the plug. The massive amount of water that comes dow the drain at once is usually enough to wash away roaches.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Take a half cup of baking soda and pour it dry into the drain. Then wash it down with a half cup of vinegar. Cover or plug the drain for five minutes. After five minutes, uncover the drain and pour five cups of boiling water down the drain.
Another alternative is to simply purchase tight fitting drain covers or plugs at the hardware store. At night, before you go to bed, cover and plug the drain holes. This may seem like a pain, but here in Florida, the roaches are ruthless and will do whatever it takes to gain access into your home.
Still Need Help? Call The Professionals To Rid Your Home Of Roaches In The Drain
From brown banded cockroaches to the relentless German cockroach, here in Florida, accepting that you are fighting a creature that has adapted to extreme survival techniques over the course of millions of years will help you understand how to keep them from your home. If you need help, call the pest control experts at Super D Pest Control and get your home on a pest control maintenance program to keep Florida roaches at bay. You can reach us at (727) 433-5310 or use the contact form below to schedule a consultation.