Why are there bugs coming out of my shower drain?

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  1. BudAshes

    BudAshes Lifer

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    Since ive moved into my new room the bathroom that is attached to it has had "pill bugs" or "Rolly Pollys" appearing in the bathtuv. I didnt know where they were coming from as they just seemed to appear from no where untill i finally saw one crawl out of the shower drain. These are the least offensive buggs that exist but it is still kind of annoying to have to clean them up everytime you want to take a shower.

    And im rather curious as to where they could be coming from. I mean they cant just live in the pipes can they? The water pressure would flush them out.
     
  2. DotheDamnTHing

    DotheDamnTHing Platinum Member

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    what floor you live on?
     
  3. OREOSpeedwagon

    OREOSpeedwagon Diamond Member

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    gross! bugs = teh suck
     
  4. yobarman

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    Dude that is some nasty crypt keeper sh*t.
     
  5. Juice Box

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    oh man, I havent seen those bugs in like 10 years....
     
  6. Nebor

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    All I can picture is a horror movie scene where bugs are pouring out of your drain like water from a faucet. Horrific.
     
  7. MX2

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    because you're a dirty hippy?;)
     
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  9. JoeKing

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    bleach em bill bleach em!
     
  10. MiniDoom

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    yep or a little draino should take care of them.
     
  11. BudAshes

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    its a 1 story house.

    As for bleach; draino didnt kill em so i doubt bleach would do it.
     
  12. JoeKing

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    gasoline and a match? muwhahahaha do this only if you have insurance.
     
  13. MiniDoom

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    what... draino is almost like acid, you got some robo-bugs dude.
     
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    some liquid poison????????????
     
  15. Anonemous

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    it's called mutant rolly pollys that are resistant to acid! :D
     
  16. sharkeeper

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    Depending on the chemical drain opener, it can be basic, acidic or microbial based. None of these products are recommended for pest control in a sanitary drain system! Your pipes are most likely leaking and this moisture is rotting the wood under and around your shower. This deficiency should be corrected without delay as the cost of repairs will only increase as you wait. Damp wood is also very attractive to subterranean termites (however it won't necessarily draw them from the ground!) and can support a destructive number even if the foundation is properly treated for them. Pillbugs are relatively harmless in small numbers but this is a warning sign.
     
  17. EyeMWing

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    They could be living in the vent stack portion of the drain, and thus your chemical assault missed.
     
  18. Iron Woode

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    Be thankfull they're not earwigs.

    :Q
     
  19. sharkeeper

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    Purchase sodium lump. [!] Consult with MSDS if you don't know the proper way to handle this material! Drop 10g (start at smaller if you're not sure of the integrity of your DWV system!) down the main roof vent and pour no less than 500 mL of water that's lukewarm at the coldest. The hydrogen liberated will be ignited by the intense exothermic reaction. This ignition is indicated by a loud report (BOOM) that your entire neighborhood will witness. Always wear splash resistant googles and keep your face away from the vent pipe at all times. Flames will usually erupt out of the pipe briefly. Make sure no one is using any of the heads (toilets) especially in close vicinity of the main vent. They will definitely be splashed, however this water is still very neutral. All water going down the drain will have a pH of 14. Your pipes will flow very clean. This is not recommened if you have plastic pipes as the reaction temperature is very high and the shockwave is sufficient to crack or shatter most schedule 40 PVC and ABS. Just keep it under 10g to be on the safe side.

    Wanna see what it looks like? Here is 15 grammes that was put in a pumkin full of hot water:

    Na Pumpkin Test
     
  20. TitanDiddly

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    Pour a bleach solution down the drain. Not too strong. If that's no good, check with a plumber, then use a solution of 10:1 water/muriatic acid. It's available at home depot.
     
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    Call the xterminator
     
  23. BudAshes

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    But that costs money, and the sharkskeepers idea, though cool, seems like it might do more harm than good.