Why Are There Bugs In My Bathroom? (2022)

The main reason that you see bugs in your bathroom is easy to remember: moisture. Bugs love moisture and are attracted to any areas where it exists.

The best case scenario for an insect is somewhere that has moisture or humidity, and food. With that, they aren’t likely to move out any time soon, even if it means sharing space with you. Some bugs end up in sinks or tubs because they simply fell in and can’t get back out. Others came in on their own accord and avoided these traps all together. Let’s go through common bathroom bugs; what they are and why they’re there.

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What are the tiny black bugs on the bathroom floor?

Not only can they come up the drain, but insects found in your bathroom can also enter simply through cracks and crevices, open windows, and from other parts of your home where they already existed.

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This is one of the most commonly asked questions about pests in bathrooms, although it may be hard to find answers on Google. Small black bugs found in bathrooms are usually sewer flies or drain flies. They look like tiny black bugs with wings and tend to appear around drains in tubs and sinks. The presence of these flies is usually an indicator that a plumbing problem exists. Drain flies can surface in very large numbers when they make their way indoors. They breed in organic matter that is in a late stage of decay and is often found breeding inside of sewers and drains. They often enter the structure by escaping them from the sewer main through a break in the lie or through dry drain taps associated with drains that are infrequently used. These flies can also breed inside of drains that have accumulations of organic matter or any other area where water and organic decay exist.

Of course, you could be seeing small nuisance ants, but when clients have difficulties identifying this type of pest, it’s usually a drain fly.

If you have ants in your bathroom, you can schedule service online today for same day or next day technician dispatch. Simply enter your problem and preferred time.

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If you need help differentiating small nuisance ants from drain flies, please give our office a call, and we can help you.

Why do cockroaches come up the drains?

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Cockroaches prefer to live in moist, dark, and non-freezing areas including sewers and piping. Apartments and rowhomes have shared walls between units as opposed to residential standalone homes that are not connected, which makes them more likely to have problems with cockroaches. Cockroach infestations occur in both, but can spread in different ways.

Apartments

Cockroaches usually get into apartments not only through the drains, but through entry points around the structure and on boxes that are carried in from elsewhere. Something that makes cockroach infestations especially different within apartments and row homes is that they have the ability to travel between units. Because their eggs are very small, they can travel through walls, small openings between units, electrical outlets, vents, and under doors with ease. Even a perfectly clean apartment can be susceptible to cockroach activity.

Residential Standalone Homes

Most types of cockroaches live outdoors when it’s warm, foraging for food and living in dark areas such as mulch and wood piles. When it’s cold, cockroaches enter homes to find food and moisture that disappears in New Jersey and Pennsyvlania. They can slip into homes through small openings around your home, by stowing away in a bag that you bring into your home, or coming up through drains when there is heavy rain or very large populations looking to relocate and expand.

The particles and sludge that builds up in sewers are their preferred food sources, making easy to access plumbing a cockroach paradise. In our area, you will mostly find American and German cockroaches. They are not pests that get trapped in sinks and bathtubs. In bathrooms, you can find them pretty much anywhere from cabinets to toilets and under sinks or vanities. In addition to debris, cockroaches love human food and toothpaste.

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How did stink bugs get in my bathroom?

Stink bugs are another common invader within residential homes in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Similar to the behavior of ladybugs and boxelder bugs, they make their way into humanmade structures by hibernating or what is called “overwintering,” within wall voids seeking out warmth in the fall. They find entry points between cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home that may not be visible at first glance.

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The brown marmorated stink bug is the most abundant in our area and is what you will see in your bathroom. As you can see above, they are about the size of a penny so they don’t need a giant hole to enter homes. They are not destructive so they aren’t an immediate threat to your home. However, many clients call in about stink bug treatments because they simply don’t like seeing pests in their home.

Why do bugs come to my bathtub at night?

Several types of crawling pests find refuge in sewers and piping because it’s wet and full of food sources. The main problem clients experiencing is when they surface into bathrooms by way of drains and connecting pipes in areas such as your bathtub in search of food. Because they lack wings, these insects become trapped and end up staying in the bathtub until you go to clean or take a shower. This is also true for any other pest that is drawn in by the lure of moisture, falling in and not being able to get back out.

How can I stop bugs from coming into my bathroom?

To prevent bugs from coming into your bathroom, you have to create the least ideal environment for their survival. Remove the elements that draw bugs in, and you will be much more likely to keep them out. Try out the following tips:

  • Reduce Moisture- Moisture is one of the main draws into any area where they live. Use a dehumidifier or air ceiling vents during and after showering.
  • Fix Drain & Plumbing Issues- If you are experiencing insect activity in your bathroom, it’s possible that there is an underlying plumbing issue that needs to be resolved. Call your local professional for an assessment.
  • Clean Regularly- Once insects find their way into your bathroom, easy access to food will make them stay. Be diligent in cleaning your bathroom on a regular basis.
  • Seal Openings- Seal cracks and crevices that you find around the walls and window frames. Fix torn window screening.
  • Be Aware- Pests can come into your bathroom from other rooms in your home. Take note of additional entry points or moist areas that need attention.

How can Cooper help?

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Cooper Pest Solutions provides both one-time and year-round home programs that target bugs found in bathrooms such as silverfish, cockroaches, drain flies, and more.

One-Time Services

Cooper’s One-Time Services use a targeted application to eliminate and control one specific pest. This type of service is implemented when there is an already existing pest problem in your home and not to prevent future infestations. Coverage with all of our One-Time Services is 90 days. During this period, you will have unlimited service calls to ensure that your current pest problem is eliminated. Each One-Time Service targets a single pest. If you have multiple pests, a One-Time Service is not the right program for you.

Home Traditional Program

The Home Traditional Program provides year-round coverage for homeowners who want to keep their home pest free. This service includes 4 technician visits per year, one for each season. During the inspections, a Cooper technician will inspect your home for evidence of pest activity and treat accordingly. Both of our Home Programs ensure that your home is protected against future pest activity. Over 20 common household pests are covered including most common bathroom bugs. If you are experiencing pest activity at any time during the year, you are entitled to unlimited service calls. All services are 100% guaranteed.

Home Intensive Program

The Home Intensive Program is also a year-round preventative pest program that provides homeowners with peace of mind, knowing their home is protected. All pests covered under the Home Traditional Program are included, with the addition of bumble bees, hornets, carpenter ants, yellow jacket nests located above 6 feet high, grain weevils, Indian meal moths, red flour beetles, rice weevils, saw-toothed grain beetles, cicada killers, firebrats, fleas, silverfish, additional services including comprehensive reporting, ladder work up to 24 feet, pruning, sealing of cracks and holes, and coverage for additional structures on your property including mailboxes, play sets, pool houses, and storage sheds.

For fast service, call Cooper at 1-800-949-2667 for a Free No-obligation inspection at your home or fill out the form on our website.

FAQs

Why Are There Bugs In My Bathroom? ›

The main reason that you see bugs in your bathroom is easy to remember: moisture. Bugs love moisture and are attracted to any areas where it exists. The best case scenario for an insect is somewhere that has moisture or humidity, and food.

Why does my bathroom have so many bugs? ›

The main factor that makes bathrooms attractive to pests is moisture. Between sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs, there's no shortage of water when it comes to bathrooms. Without proper ventilation or absorbent floor mats, tile floors and wood walls can easily collect moisture.

What to do if there is a bug in your bathroom? ›

To keep bugs out of the bathroom drain, mix half a cup of salt and baking soda and flush it with one cup of white vinegar. DIY a natural bug repellant — In a good-sized bowl or jar, mix equal parts sugar, water and white vinegar, adding about 5-10 drops of dish soap.

What bugs can be found in bathroom? ›

The most common bathroom insects are silverfish, drain flies, cockroaches, spiders and house centipedes. Bugs thrive in moist, humid and warm conditions, which is why they're attracted to your bathroom.

How do I keep my bathroom bug free? ›

Keep the bathroom clean

Using a toilet cleaner, clean the pot every alternate day. Wash the sink at least once a week with a heavy-duty bathroom cleaner. Keep the shower curtain dry and free of moss. Make sure the drain is not clogged with hair and soap particles and is always covered.

Are drain flies harmful? ›

Drain flies are not known to bite or transmit any diseases to humans. However they can trigger bronchial asthma in susceptible individuals and their larvae can cause myiasis, a parasitic infestation in which the larvae grow inside human tissue.

Can bugs come up through drains? ›

The short answer is yes, bugs can live in drains!

They can, but not as many different kinds of bugs as you might think. More often than not, the bugs you see coming around your bathtubs and sinks have managed to make their way out of the walls.

What does a mold mite look like? ›

Mold mites have a similar appearance. They can appear as shapeless stains on walls, ceiling, or furniture, usually colored brown. They can also show up as a fine white or brown dust on pantry shelves, where high protein and high-fat foods have been left out.

What does a drain fly look like? ›

What do drain flies look like? Drain flies are commonly referred to as “moth” flies because of their moth-like appearance. These tiny flies range in color from light tan or gray to black and their bodies are covered in small hairs, giving them a furry appearance.

What are these tiny black bugs in my bathroom? ›

If you're not an entomologist, no chance seeing tiny black bugs in your bathroom can make you happy. Those tiny creepy crawlers you see coming out of the drainpipe and gathering around the sink and tub drains are drain flies. Other names are drainage moths, filter flies, and sewage flies.

Can water bugs come from the toilet? ›

Water bugs can enter your house via plumbing pipes and end up in the toilet. Often, this happens in toilets that rarely get used, and therefore, don't get flushed that often. When water bugs come up your toilet, they could be attracted by leaky faucets or water in the toilet tank.

What kills water bugs instantly? ›

Use borax or boric acid—These natural elements will destroy a water bug's digestive tract, killing them from the inside out. Sprinkle a thin dusting of borax or boric acid in your basement, under sinks, and other areas where you've seen water bugs.

How do I find out where bugs are coming from? ›

How To Find Where Bugs Come From At Home
  1. Siding. One of the main places that bugs can use as a passageway is your siding. ...
  2. Portable Loads. ...
  3. Roof Vents. ...
  4. Main Entry Points. ...
  5. Wall Passages. ...
  6. Crawl Spaces. ...
  7. Exterior Foundation. ...
  8. Exhaust Fans & Dryer Vents.

Can drain flies come from toilet? ›

Drain flies breed in the buildup in pipes. While it is less common for them to appear in a toilet, it could be they are entering the bathroom through a faulty seal between the toilet and sewer flange.

How long does it take to get rid of drain flies? ›

The good news is most drain fly issues can be fixed within about a week with regular cleaning and careful attention. Here are five ways to do so: Start with cleaning your sink and drain with your usual cleaning solution. Use a pipe brush to scrub around and inside the drain.

Should I worry about drain flies? ›

Are drain flies harmful? For the most part, drain flies are not dangerous and not harmful. Having drain flies around your home does not mean your drains are dirty or your kitchen, bathroom or other areas are unclean. They are opportunistic insects and can get inside and find any moist area to lay their eggs and breed.

Should I be worried about drain flies? ›

In short, no, drain flies are not harmful to humans. Though drain flies consume and live in sewage and bacteria, they are not disease-carrying insects, but In great masses, they can carry the bacteria with them. Overall, they cause no proven harm to your health, even if they are a serious nuisance in your home.

What kills drain flies? ›

Kill Drain Flies with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Kill drain flies and clean clogs out your drains at the same time with this remedy. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, and then slowly pour in one cup of vinegar. You'll notice the mixture will begin to bubble and fizz. This is a normal and safe reaction.

Can you spray bug spray down the drain? ›

Insecticide or pesticide: In most jurisdictions, it is illegal to pour these chemicals down the drain, as drain water makes its way back into our water system and also into the environment.

Can I pour bleach down the drain? ›

You may permanently damage your septic system. Bleach and cleaning fluids create toxic gasses when mixed together. If you pour bleach and other cleaning agents down your sink drains, and they mix in your pipes, you can contaminate the air in your home with the resulting gas created.

What are signs of mold sickness? ›

Mold may cause:
  • skin irritation.
  • sporotrichosis, a skin infection that starts out as a small pink, red, or purple bump on the skin.
  • itchy, red eyes.
  • runny or stuffy nose.
  • postnasal drip.
  • headache.
  • dizziness.
  • asthmatic symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
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What are junk bugs? ›

The junk bug, also known as an aphid lion, is a voracious predator, common around the world. The bug is actually the larval stage of the green lacewing, a delicate and lovely flying insect. The green lacewing is common throughout Alabama and Mississippi, with multiple species known around the world. (

Can mold mites hurt you? ›

Mould mites are generally not dangerous to humans. They do not bite, but they are covered in tiny hairs and the hairs themselves can cause skin irritation once they have shed. Mould mites do not cause structural damage to property.

How long can drain flies live? ›

Adult drain flies usually live about two weeks, but newly emerged adults rapidly replace them. These flies are also known as moth flies due to their appearance: they are small and furry with large, ovoid wings and prominent antennae.

Do drain flies bite humans? ›

Drain flies do not bite humans but may become a nuisance by their presence in large populations. Sometimes it takes persistent effort to eradicate an infestation in the home.

Are drain flies seasonal? ›

Drain flies will normally hibernate in temperatures that are more suitable for them, which would be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter climates aren't quite suitable for hibernation, since winter has much colder temperatures. The colder it gets, the longer it will take for them to reproduce.

What are bathroom mites? ›

Psocids invade areas where there is dampness and mold, like basements and crawlspaces. They also infest areas where a plumbing leak causes mildew or mold to grow. Psocids have infested bath traps with leaking or sweating pipes. They have also infested air conditioning drain lines.

Where do tiny black bugs come from? ›

What is this? There are two common ways you may have wound up with carpet beetles in your home. Many people unwittingly bring carpet beetles into the home by way of infested products. These products could include infested furniture, food, rugs, bedding, curtains, insect collections and more.

How can you tell bed bugs? ›

Looking for Signs of Bed Bugs

Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed. Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.

Do water bugs bite humans? ›

Fun Facts. Giant water bugs can deliver a painful (though nontoxic) bite between the toes of unsuspecting human feet. This explains one of their common names: toe-biter. Giant water bugs can feign death—becoming rigid for several minutes—if removed from the water, only to snap back to life.

What do sewer roaches look like? ›

What Sewer Roaches Look Like. Sewer roaches are generally 1 ½ to 2 inches long and are relatively flat. They have reddish-brown to dark-brown bodies, six legs and two long antennae. Their hard exoskeletons make them difficult to squish and allow them to slip through small crevices.

What is a water bug look like? ›

Water bugs are large, with some species reaching 4″. Their body shape is flat, oval, and tan or brown in color. Unlike roaches, water bugs have clawed front feet, a piercing mouth, and short antennae. Waterbugs have wings in an x-shape.

Where do waterbugs nest? ›

They often live and build nests inside interior walls, heating ducts, baseboards, cupboards, and other dark, dusty areas. Cockroaches also like damp areas, making kitchens and bathrooms a popular location. Water bugs can travel inside walls, chewing their way through them if necessary, to build nests.

What scent do water bugs hate? ›

Most bugs don't like the smell of many essential oils, especially peppermint oil. Mix 7-10 drops of peppermint oil in a cup of warm water and spray it around the cracks and crevices inside the house where water bugs might get in. When they encounter the smell, many of them will be driven away.

Is there a difference between water bugs and roaches? ›

The only roach similar in size to a waterbug is the American roach, but you can differentiate it from a waterbug by its yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of the head. Cockroaches are typically light tan to dark brown in color, while waterbugs are tan to black, but their colors won't be of much help.

Why are there bugs in my bathroom at night? ›

MOISTURE AND LIGHTS ATTRACT INSECTS

If your bathroom stays really damp or you have a hidden leak, you could have springtails, booklice, and fungus beetles as full-time residents. Insects also end up in bathrooms because they are attracted there by lights, often nightlights that act as a homing beacon in a dark house.

How do I permanently get rid of drain flies? ›

A super simple fix is to pour boiling water down the drain to eliminate drain flies. Boil a medium-size pot of water once or twice per week, and pour down and around the drain. Another easy option uses baking soda: Combine 1/2 cup salt with 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, and pour down the drain.

Do bugs come up through drains? ›

The short answer is yes, bugs can live in drains!

They can, but not as many different kinds of bugs as you might think. More often than not, the bugs you see coming around your bathtubs and sinks have managed to make their way out of the walls.

What are these tiny black bugs in my bathroom? ›

If you're not an entomologist, no chance seeing tiny black bugs in your bathroom can make you happy. Those tiny creepy crawlers you see coming out of the drainpipe and gathering around the sink and tub drains are drain flies. Other names are drainage moths, filter flies, and sewage flies.

What does a mold mite look like? ›

Mold mites have a similar appearance. They can appear as shapeless stains on walls, ceiling, or furniture, usually colored brown. They can also show up as a fine white or brown dust on pantry shelves, where high protein and high-fat foods have been left out.

What does a drain fly look like? ›

What do drain flies look like? Drain flies are commonly referred to as “moth” flies because of their moth-like appearance. These tiny flies range in color from light tan or gray to black and their bodies are covered in small hairs, giving them a furry appearance.

What are bathroom mites? ›

Psocids invade areas where there is dampness and mold, like basements and crawlspaces. They also infest areas where a plumbing leak causes mildew or mold to grow. Psocids have infested bath traps with leaking or sweating pipes. They have also infested air conditioning drain lines.

Will drain flies go away on their own? ›

Nine times out of ten, a drain fly problem will go away on its own. Once you get rid of the drain flies that you see, start flushing toilets and running the water in your sinks. This eliminates the standing water in which they dwell.

Will bleach get rid of drain flies? ›

While this chemical might get rid of some larvae, bleach passes quickly down the drain and does not penetrate the thick build-up where eggs are deposited by the female drain fly and larvae live. As a result, in most cases, bleach does not get rid of drain flies.

Are drain flies seasonal? ›

Drain flies will normally hibernate in temperatures that are more suitable for them, which would be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter climates aren't quite suitable for hibernation, since winter has much colder temperatures. The colder it gets, the longer it will take for them to reproduce.

What can I put down my drain for bugs? ›

Pour ½ a cup of salt, ½ a cup of baking soda, and one cup of vinegar down the drain. The vinegar will react with the baking soda, causing it to bubble and fizz. This reaction is what will kill the larvae. Leave the mixture overnight, then flush the next day with hot water.

How do you get rid of sewer bugs? ›

White vinegar, salt, and baking soda

Pour it down infested with drain flies. Flush it and clear out the mix with another flush of boiling water. This mixture will help clear out your drain, kill drain flies eggs, and make your drain unsuitable for future habitation.

Can you spray bug spray down the drain? ›

Insecticide or pesticide: In most jurisdictions, it is illegal to pour these chemicals down the drain, as drain water makes its way back into our water system and also into the environment.

Where do tiny black bugs come from? ›

What is this? There are two common ways you may have wound up with carpet beetles in your home. Many people unwittingly bring carpet beetles into the home by way of infested products. These products could include infested furniture, food, rugs, bedding, curtains, insect collections and more.

How can you tell bed bugs? ›

Looking for Signs of Bed Bugs

Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed. Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.

How do I get rid of tiny black bugs? ›

Mix baking soda with sugar and water. Apply the bait in the places where you are likely to encounter the little black bugs. Sugar will make this trap practically irresistible for a lot of insects. But as soon as the insects eat the mixture, baking soda will start to release carbon dioxide gas that will kill the pests.

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