Does Pouring Bleach Down the Drain Stop Roaches?
The last thing you want to see as you stumble into the kitchen for breakfast is a roach skittering around in your sink.
The shock will wake you up faster than any cup of coffee ever will, but the knowledge that roaches are using your drains as a sort of highway could turn the strongest of stomachs.
These pests carry diseases with them and can live in between the walls of your home as well as your pipes.
You might have heard that you can pour bleach down your drains in order to stop roaches from using your plumbing to roam around your house.
Most people know that bleach sprays can be used to kill errant roaches that skitter around your floors.
In a desperate situation, you might be ready to pour an entire jug of Clorox down your bathtub drain, but does it really work?
Bleach can kill roaches on contact, so pouring it down a drain will really only work if your plumbing is full of the pests.
Keep these important 3 things in mind:
- Roaches like to be close to a source of water
- You can kill them and flush them out of your drains using this method.
- Follow it up with a few cups of boiling water to catch any roaches that might have survived the bleach.
You need to be very careful about how and when you use bleach, as it is corrosive and toxic to humans just as it is to pests.
If you pour it down your sink or into your toilet bowl, make sure that you:
- Keep a nearby window open for ventilation
- Be Careful to not get any bleach in your mouth or eyes
- Wash your hands as thoroughly as possible after you’re done
- Store the bleach away from children and pets
So as it turns out, using bleach to keep your drains roach-free might be a good idea. However, carefully pouring bleach down a drain is an efficient short term solution if you have spotted a few roaches in your sinks or your toilet and you can kill them immediately. If you have a full-blown infestation, you will definitely need to get in touch with a professional instead.
Misusing bleach in an attempt to kill the roaches in your home could end up causing you harm as well.
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