Pest Control Blog

Bugs are creepy-crawly pests you do not want in your home, especially lurking around your porcelain throne. Unfortunately, due to the humid nature of most bathrooms, they attract plenty of unwanted visitors. Read on for the bugs most commonly found in Phoenix bathrooms.

The Pharaoh Ant

How appropriate that an insect named after royalty would be found wandering your porcelain palace. Pharaoh ants measure approximately 1/16th of an inch and range in color from dull yellow to a reddish brown. These pests thrive in humid environments, which is why you can typically spot them in moisture-rich areas like your bathroom. Pharaoh ants can also be found in the kitchen and laundry room, where there tends to be more humidity.

The Pavement Ant

Pavement ants are similar to Pharaoh ants in both size and color. Additionally, the Pavement ant also enjoys humid areas like it’s relative the Pharaoh ant. Therefore, Pavement ants are the usual culprits of a bathroom infestation.

The Black Widow Spider

Black Widow spiders are easily spotted by their unique coloring. Only half of an inch long, Black Widows are shiny black creatures with two red marks on their abdomen.

Black Widow spiders are relatively common in the Phoenix area, which makes them a worry for many home and business owners. This is because when provoked, a Black Widow will bite, producing a venom that can cause severe pain, swelling, and redness, as well as pain in the muscles and abdomen, weakness, nausea, and vomiting, or excessive sweating.

Why are these creatures in bathrooms? Black Widows prefer dark corners so they may lurk around baseboards. Likewise, they prey upon smaller insects such as ants. So, if ants are present in the bathroom, Black Widows will follow suit.

The Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse spiders are also half an inch long, however, their coloring is light brown. The legs of Brown Recluses are longer than their bodies. Brown Recluse spiders can also bite when threatened, and their attack may lead to a sore.

Similar to Black Widows, Brown Recluse spiders hang around bathrooms to prey upon ants and other small insects.

The German Cockroach

Though many may know them as just “roaches,” the German cockroach is the most common cockroach found in homes and businesses. They measure between half an inch to ¾ of an inch long and are yellowish-brown with a dark strip running down their bodies.

German cockroaches tend to live in areas with food and water, hence why they often infest bathrooms.


It’s no secret that mosquitos love water. They are especially drawn to humid or moist locations, which is why they love areas like bathrooms. Additionally, these pests like to lay eggs in stagnant water, so mind your toilets or other areas that contain still water.


Silverfish are typically only present in bathrooms with wallpaper. These pests are between ½ of an inch to ¾ of an inch long and are silver in color. Silverfish are nocturnal, and they dine on the starch, glue, and paper of wallpaper.

Reclaim the Porcelain Throne with Insectek

No bathroom should be overrun with pests. If you’re located in the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert areas and have spotted these bugs crawling around a bathroom near you, call the pest control specialists at Insectek today.