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Bathroom Bugs

There really is nothing more unsettling than seeing a bug while you are in a vulnerable position like in the shower or using the toilet. It is enough to make you scream for assistance. Bathrooms, like attics, kitchens, and basements, are well-known activity centers for pests. These rooms, due to their moisture content attract a certain kind of pest that loves the areas around the sink, tub and toilet. Common bathroom bugs include:

  • Silverfish – These silvery bugs with three antennae feed on the mold and fungi commonly found in bathrooms, especially round drains and in the crevices where it is hard to clean out the moisture. They also tend to eat items with carbohydrates such as books, paper and wallpaper, so left unchecked they could cause some minor damage. Other than that damage, Silverfish are not usually dangerous unless you have an allergic reaction to them.
  • Cockroaches – The infamous cockroach loves the bathroom for the water and moisture. Unfortunately, left to reproduce, these pests can become a headache. Have any leaks in the plumbing taken care of and have a professional pest inspector take a look behind your walls and in crawl spaces around your bathrooms if you suspect an infestation.
  • Drain Flies – Since the larvae of drain flies feed off the gunk in your drains they tend to be found near and around bathrooms and kitchen sinks. To avoid these pests remove drain build up and keep leaks to a minimum.
  • House Centipedes – You may immediately think that this bug has a hundred legs and will be attacking you in the bath or while on the toilet. This is a myth because these bugs usually only have 15-190 legs and are not there to attack you but rather as a predator after other water bugs or bathroom bugs.

If you have pests in your bathroom that your would like to evict call Pest-End Exterminators Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Centipedes 101

Finding one of these creatures with an abundance of legs lurking in the cracks and crevices of your home may be alarming.  Unfortunately, finding one of these may indicate a larger problem that may be even more disturbing – the presence of other pests. Before you run off screaming about insects and arthropods invading your home let’s talk about identifying these critters and how to manage the problem.

Appearance – To be blunt, centipedes are pretty ugly looking.  The have long flat bodies that can have many different colors but is most often seen being brown or reddish.  They have a long pair of antennae that make them look longer than they really are.  One of the most obvious features are the many legs that come out from the sides of the body.  The name centipede is a misnomer.  Centi indicates 100 but a centipede can have as few as 15 or up to nearly 200!

Behavior – Centipedes tend to hide in and around damp, dark places like the floorboards of bathrooms or kitchens.  House centipedes feed on silverfish, firebrats, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, spiders and other small arthropods. What this means for the average homeowner is that if you see many centipedes, that you may have a bigger pest problem than you think.  The centipedes go where the food source is.  Therefore, you house may have another pest that is a bigger problem than the ugly centipede.

Management – Sealing entrances to your home may be the first step in ensuring that once the pests are gone that they do not return.  Since centipedes are an indicator of other pests, another method management is to eliminate their food source.  This may mean calling in a professional pest company like Pest-End to find out what the centipedes is feasting on.  Once that is done controlling the other pests may in turn control your centipede problem.  This may include cultural or chemical controls to eliminate the issue.