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, however pouring it down a drain may potentially release toxic fumes, and cause long-term damage to your system.

Clegg’s Pest Control does NOT recommend pouring bleach down a drain to kill roaches or any other reason (including monthly cleaning).

There are a variety of articles and blogs that recommend the use of bleach as a regular preventative cleaning product for sink and plumbing pipes.  While the use of bleach can kill roaches, because of its toxic nature it should never be poured down a drain or toilet.

A better alternative to bleach is to use any of the following methods to kill/remove the occasional roach from your sink drain:

  • Close your sink stopper and fill the sink all the way. Remove the stopper and let the water flush the pipes clean.
  • Run warm water through sink pipes for at least 3 minutes, then pour 3-4 cups of boiling water down the drain.
  • Use a mixture of baking soda and distilled vinegar to clean pipes: pour ½ cup of baking soda down the pipe, followed by ½ cup of distilled white vinegar.  Close or cover the drain for 3-5 minutes, then pour several cups of boiling water down the drain.

So as it turns out, using bleach to keep your drains roach-free is a bad idea.  If you notice a few roaches in your pipes, it is best to consult a professional in case you are dealing with a full-blown infestation.

Disclaimer: Misusing bleach in an attempt to kill the roaches in your home could end up causing you, your property, and the environment, undo harm.  If you should try this remedy at home, Clegg’s is not responsible or liable for any consequences of any actions taken based on the content of this article.

Clegg’s Pest Control offers both residential and commercial termite and pest control services throughout North and South Carolina. Contact Clegg’s pest management professionals today at (888) 972-0366.