Texas has its fair share of insects including roaches. In Texas, locals commonly have a problem with American, Oriental, German, Smoky Brown, and Brown-banded cockroaches. However, when cockroaches start to come out of the shower drain, the situation requires immediate attention. Today, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to expound on the urgency in rectifying roaches emerging from the drain and what you can do.
Can Cockroaches Make You Sick Via Contamination of Food & Diseases?
Cockroaches are more of a problem than people suppose. They are more than grotesque insects that can make you jump when walking into a dark room and flipping the light on as they dart into the nearest dark corner. Cockroaches are indifferent to what they eat, walkthrough, and even live in. As a result of their daily habits, roaches have acquired a number of diseases, germs, bacteria, and other gross ailments. In addition to these contaminants, most cockroaches are known to trigger allergies which bring on a bout of allergy spells at different strengths, depending on the individual’s sensitivity, as well as asthma attacks. Roaches can contaminate surfaces simply by making contact with your surfaces you prepare food or the food itself.
If I See One Cockroach, Are There More?
You destroy one or two roaches that you discover in the drains, you do not eliminate the problem. A whole colony of roaches may be nearby. Killing a few wayward roaches that stray through your shower drain is a sign you need to address the problem of a roach infestation.
You can kill a number of cockroaches in the colony by pouring an insecticide down the drain. First, remove the drain cover to gain access to the infested drain and follow the directions on the label. Allow the exposure to set for several hours to ensure you eliminate the roaches in the general vicinity. This approach will not solve the problem, but it will buy you time until an effective solution can be applied. A-Tex Pest Management doesn’t recommend it as you likely won't have the knowledge and experience to safely handle these chemicals.
Shower Drain Cover Replacement to Prevent Roaches
Replace the shower drain cover that has smaller holes at the top. With holes that are large enough for water to pass through but not large enough to allow roaches to crawl through, you want to make sure the drain cover is optimal to serve both purposes. Be sure the shower drain cover has a tight fit.
Set roach traps near the drain for a period of time in order to catch any stray roaches that have managed to avoid your extermination attempts or are trapped in other areas of the bathroom. Unfortunately, these traps are the last reinforcement you can do yourself. The ultimate success that is long-term and efficient is professional pest control.