Plumbing Leak Causes Pest Infestation

Cockroaches Infest Kitchen Sink

water damage under kitchen sink

An Arizona resident has reported one of the most disturbing cockroach infestations ever seen. It all started when the seal on an old garbage disposal rotted out and began to leak grey water underneath the sink. The residents who rarely access the area didn’t realize at the time that the sink was leaking so badly. As the wood slowly rotted over the years it created holes/entry points for the wall crawling critters to enter and find residence in the home. Plumbing leaks cause very moist environments that become ideal living situations for cockroaches and other pests. The roaches weren’t noticed at first, but as they multiply and a true infestation begins to inhabit the property it becomes next to impossible to not notice these critters crawling around the kitchen. You will find them in the cupboards, silverware drawers, floors, walls, sinks, dishwashers, light fixtures, and any other surface they can penetrate and all because a lowly plumbing leak rotted out the back of the cupboard and sheetrock and created an opening for those exterior wall crawlers to enter through.

Fixing The Plumbing

So this infestation is obviously a problem for the family, in Arizona they also need to worry about scorpions and various spiders that can be poisonous. Geckos will also find these dark moist areas a great place to make a home. With all the other insects it will attract, it will be the perfect feeding ground for both lizards and scorpions. This is not an ecosystem you want thriving in your kitchen, so there are a few things that need to be done to fix the problem. The first, cheapest, and most obvious fix is the leak. The pipe fitting to the garbage disposal has a gasket and that can easily be replaced, but instead of just replacing the gasket you should consider updating the plumbing if it’s outdated and even the garbage disposal if there is corrosion or a sign that there may problems around the corner. This is something that can be turned into a DIY project or you can hire a plumber in Phoenix to do the job for you.

Eliminate The Infestation And Patch The Walls

pest control services

You can bomb or fog a kitchen, set glue traps, spray, and stomp your way through the extermination process. This can be hit or miss, but in our experience plumbing we have noticed that pest control is usually a miss when performed by the homeowner. Hiring a pest control company in Phoenix to come and in and professionally exterminate the problem is the most efficient way to get rid of the problem. It’s affordable and it’s far less of a hassle then doing it yourself.