Are Bathroom Pest Infestations Hurting Your Business?

Regardless of whether you’re running a retail store, a restaurant, a hotel, or a recreational facility, if a customer witnesses a pest infestation in the midst doing their business, it’ll hurt your business.

The problem, of course, is that bathrooms are to pests as Twitter is to Donald Trump—they just can’t resist its allure. When guests or customers witness even one unwelcome critter scurrying along the floor, word of mouth will spread faster than you can say “ew”.

Where Pests do Their Best Thinking

To many pests, moisture sources are more important than water sources, like the German cockroach, who can survive for weeks without food but will die in days without water.

It should come as no surprise then, that your business’s washroom is a safe haven for pests since they’re moisture hotspots. And don’t think for a second that your bathroom isn’t an all you can eat “ooze” buffet for pests. Many of your unwanted visitors will feast upon the filth and grime left behind when you don’t clean your bathroom properly.

Bathroom Pest Prevention Tips

Inspect Bathrooms – Diligence is essential. Even if you don’t see standing water, keep a watchful eye out for rust or discolouration as indicators of prior leaks while investigating the surrounding plumbing. Also, check the base of toilets for water that could be leaking around the rim and make any needed repairs. And fix any leak immediately—your business can’t afford any procrastination.

Tightly Seal Cracks and Holes – Ensure holes in your water pipes are securely sealed, particularly where they enter your washroom. The same goes for your walls. Loose or cracked caulking and grout around your sinks and toilets needs to be repaired, pronto.

Reduce Pest Mobility – Putting screen mesh behind drain covers and pipes will reduce pest movement, preventing them from moving freely around your rest rooms. Adding water into plumbing traps below floor drains will prevent them from drying out, which allows pests easy entry.

Vigilant Cleaning Staff – Your cleaning staff must regularly wipe water surrounding sinks, counters, and floors throughout the day and just before closing time. If you don’t employ a cleaning staff, post signs in the bathroom asking people to wipe up after themselves.

Eliminate Food Sources – Clean your drains monthly to remove buildup and grime. This way, you’re taking pests’ favourite entrees off the menu.

Declutter – Sort out your washroom cabinets, cupboards, and closets so they’re clutter free, and empty trash receptacles at least once a day.

Keep it Dry- If restroom areas are moist and humid, consider installing fans or dehumidifiers.

Wash Your Hands of Pest Problems

Even if you aren’t sure there’s an infestation, but there are minor warning signs, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It sounds like common sense, but if you’re busy with all the other facets of running a business, that inkling of a pest infestation may not grab your attention. Calling in a commercial pest control or pest removal service for a thorough inspection will at worst give you peace of mind, and at best eliminate a pest infestation that could seriously hurt your business!


Terminix Canada’s commercial pest control, pest prevention, and pest removal services have been helping businesses throughout the Greater Toronto Area clear up pest problems since 1997.

If you’ve seen any warning signs of a washroom pest infestation that could hurt your business, or you’re in need of a precautionary inspection for peace of mind, contact us today!