Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy a cool dip when the temperatures start rising. Here are five household pests that also find solace in the water. Unfortunately, that water might be closer than you think. The constant moisture coming from your bathtub, sink and toilet create the perfect environment for water-thriving bugs.
Mosquitoes breed in storm drains, old tires, kid’s wading pools, birdbaths and anywhere else they can find standing water – even just a thimble-size amount is enough.
These pests are known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever, so it’s important to rid them of their breeding grounds by draining all sources of standing water in and around your home, including the bathroom.
Drain flies are dark and furry-looking with long antennae, commonly seen flitting around the sinks of your bathroom and kitchen. They feed off the gunk in your pipes, and while annoying, they’re not dangerous.
To get rid of drain flies, you’ll have to remove any build-up in your pipes and fix leaking areas.
Cockroaches / Water Bugs
These moisture-loving pests are notorious for clinging to walls or crawling around bathroom faucets, startling shower-goers. Although they’re normally found hunting for food and water in your bathroom, chances are they aren’t entering your home that way— but rather sneaking in there from another spot in the house or hiding under the sink.
You can use a dehumidifier to help get rid of them, but you’ll probably need a professional pest control service to spray quarterly to control them.
Constant moisture in the bathroom can cause mildew and mold to grow, and when it does, mold mites may become a problem. Like cockroaches, they reproduce quickly and can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
To get rid of the mold mites, your mold source needs to be found and removed. Once both mites and mold have been eliminated, you’ll need to maintain proper moisture control to prevent them from returning.
This reclusive pest likes to hang out in moist basements and other undisturbed areas, but they’ll end up in bathrooms if that’s the only water source they can find. Centipedes enter homes through cracks and openings, but once they are inside, they lay eggs and can create an infestation.
Command Pest can help you treat your home to get rid of all these pests, but you will have to take precautions to prevent future infestations. Sealing cracks around windows and doors, as well as adding weather stripping can help keep bugs outside. You’ll also need to dehumidify your home and address areas of dampness that attract these critters.
If you see any of these water-loving bugs in your home, please call us here at Command Pest – we send pests packing!