Spotting baby roaches in your tub isn’t a pleasant sight.
I’m sure you already know that they don’t only carry disease and bacteria but can reproduce quickly and spread to other parts of your home.
In this article, I’ve detailed everything you need to know about the best methods to get rid of baby roaches from your tub and bathroom.
Baby Roaches in the tub and solutions to get rid of them
The majority of cockroach species live outdoors. But sometimes, they can find their way into your home by following trails of food and water or because of weather changes.
And let’s not forget about those baby cockroaches – even though they might not cause any structural damage to your house, they can be just as annoying as the adults.
It’s important to address a cockroach infestation as soon as possible because they grow super fast and can produce many offspring in just a few months.
By tackling the problem early on, you can minimize the potential damage they could cause in the future.
Before you implement the solutions below, the first step is to wipe your tub clean with a kitchen towel and ensure no water is left behind.
Solution 1 | Insecticide sprays
If you notice baby roaches in and around your tub, wear a protective mask and use any insecticide spray available on the market that are specifically designed to kill roaches.
Look for a product that is labeled for use in bathrooms and follow the instructions carefully. I suggest using TERRO® Ant & Roach Killer Spray because it is affordable and effective. But another brand of roach killer spray will also do.
Once you spray your tub, do not wash it away immediately. Wait a couple of hours and then clean your tub or implement this solution right before you go to bed so that the tub remains unused throughout the night, giving the roach killer spray time to work its magic.
But please remember that insecticide sprays can be harmful to humans and pets, so be sure to wear gloves and a mask when using them and keep the area well-ventilated.
Solution 2: Roach bait stations
The previous solution will eliminate any roaches in and around your tub. But in my experience, they are very resilient and are most likely hiding in other areas of your bathroom.
That is why you should place roach bait stations around the bathroom, especially near/behind the toilet.
If you don’t know what a roach bait station is, then here’s a quick explanation. Roach bait stations are small plastic containers that are filled with poison that roaches will eat and then carry back to their nest, effectively killing the entire colony.
Placing the bait stations in the areas where you have seen roaches increases the chance of them consuming the bait and eventually dying.
I recommend using TERRO® Multi-Surface Roach Baits because of its see-thru window, which lets you know when to replace the bait station, and it has adhesive strips on the back that will help keep it in place on your bathroom floor or wall.
Tips to keep baby roaches away from the tub
You want to manage roach problems before they become an infestation, as there are few things grosser than the sight of these creatures in our home. The best practice comprises two parts: Elimination and prevention.
Clean your tub regularly with a mild detergent.
Use chalk to cover all cracks and openings in the walls and near the plumbing.
Keep your bathrooms dry and well-ventilated.
Empty bathroom garbage cans regularly.
Install screens on your bathroom windows and vents. This can help keep roaches out. Examine your existing screens to make sure they are in good condition and do not have any holes or tears.
Eliminate or reduce clutter.
Baby roaches generally love to hide in cluttered areas. So keep your bathroom free of clutter and store items in cabinets or drawers.
While it’s not the end of the world when we see baby roaches in our tub and bathroom, it does mean we need to act quickly before they spread and become an actual problem.
With the right methods, the best advice, and proper prevention, this problem can be easily managed.
By the way, please check out this article if you have baby roaches in the shower.