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 How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: MelodyL (NY)

This is the second time in about 4 months. I don't get these things. A short while ago, we had a very warm spell here in NYC so I found a dead one in the bathroom and one live one on my front porch. I use ORANGE GUARD, and I have no ants, nothing. The stuff is great. So a few months ago I found a BIG dead waterbug in my kitchen sink. I thought maybe I brought it in with some produce that I had purchased. Got rid of it, didn't give it another thought.

Well, we have had very very mild weather for New York yet again, and tonight I was cleaning out my sink (I have this mesh drain thing that collects all the food so it doesn't clog the drain. Well, I picked up the mesh thing and there was this dead Waterbug sitting there. I got rid of it and I just want to ask a question.

Could these things have anything to do with the boiler and hot water heater being fixed and replaced downstairs in the basement?

A few days ago, the pipes were BANGING AND PINGING and we all jumped out of bed. The sound went THROUGHOUT the whole house not just where the boiler and the hot water heater are located. The people downstairs called me down, and we got the landlord, and he got a plumber and when they opened some valve to let the steam out (on the side of the boiler), all his black steamy dirty water came out. I asked the plumber, "is this supposed to happen?" and he said "no"

So they replaced the water heater which was cracked, and they had to repair some of the pipes that were near the boiler.

This was two days ago. They flushed out the pipes and all is working fine right now.

Could the flushing of the pipes have caused a waterbug to get in my drain and come out of my kitchen sink DEAD??

I mean, I flush water DOWN the drain, I don't have water coming OUT of my drain into my sink. So how this dead waterbug got out of my drain is a mystery. I just sprayed some TAT (with the long nozzle) down each drain in my house. I have all the drains using mesh things. Never had a problem in the bathroom. I cover the drain in the tub 24/7 with a flat thing and I have something as a weight holding it down. I have always done this because I always have a fear of a bug coming out of a drain, so I have ALWAYS kept the drains covered.

should I pour bleach or something down each drain to hopefully prevent any more waterbugs coming out?

And do you think the flushing of the pipes might have anything to do with this dead thing in my kitchen drain?

Thanks much if you can set my mind at ease.

Never had this before. I don't like bugs (any kind). lol

Thanks much.

Melody

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: dlh (TX)

Could these things have anything to do with the boiler and hot water heater being fixed and replaced downstairs in the basement?

NO

the warm weather has more to do with your problem than your plumbing

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: Wheelchair

Consider the bugs a temporary gift from Mother Nature. It is definitely weather and environmentally related. Once the colder weather kicks in, the water bugs should disappear until next year.
Best Wishes

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: MelodyL (NY)

Ah, but HOW did a waterbug get into my pipes and come out of my drain?

I mean, where do they originate from? I gather they come from outside, but exactly where did they come from, AND THEY ACTUALLY CRAWLED UP MY PIPE, into my kitchen drain?

And here's the best one. IT WAS DEAD AS A DOORNAIL. I didn't have to kill it. As I used the bug spray, I realized this sucker was dead in the water.

And it looked wedged in the drain. My drain in my kitchen sink has 4 big holes in it. That's why I have always used one of those mesh insert drain things to keep the food from going down.

When I removed the mesh thing it looked like the waterbug was wedged in one of the 4 holes in the drain. I tried to take a paper towel and grab it but couldn't. So I have one of those handy reacher thing that I used to grab stuff off of top shelves. I took it, I grabbed the waterbug, and dumped it in my trash.

So I'm guessing that it climbed up, got stuck under the mesh insert, and when I washed my dishes and pots and pans, using hot soapy dishwasher liquid, it killed the bug (or suffocated it), I've read where when one sprays it suffocates the waterbug because they breathe through their skin.

Am I correct about this scenario? And what can I do (meaning what can I pour), down my kitchen drain to hopefully prevent those nasty things from visiting my kitchen again.

I do thank the people who replied.

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: dlh (TX)

they live in the sewer lines and crawl up your drain pipes. dont know why it was dead. maybe it got some of your bug killer and it made it that far before dieing

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: Wheelchair

As you have been advised, they crawl thru the air gaps in your waste and drain lines. Hot water is known to suddenly end their lives but they tolerate mild temperatures of waters. They also can swim if needed.
Just make sure that you make spagetti once a week and use the boiling waters to clear the lines. That alone may help.
Best Wishes

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: RRW (IL)

Waterbug = cockroach

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: SMSPlumbing (PA)

Maybe the bug had died and fell into the pipe and was floating on the trap weir.??!!

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

You may have a line of water lined sediment in your drains.Chlorinate is harsh.but will kill any and all protein's just the same!Use as small amount of water to rinse it off where it goes in.let it set a few hours and bugs life chances, get real slim.Citrus works to clean well.but the emollients they but in it ,in the drain work backwards just as well.

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: CrazyIvan (TX)

The bugs crawl in, the bugs crawl out.. sometimes what we don't know is best for us. (p.s - never bring a blacklight into your clean kitchen. LOL)

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Crazy thought that was always.I love my all white kitchen!

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 Re: How did a waterbug come out of my kitchen drain?
Author: mr leak (CA)

You must have alot of free time Melody. This bug was going down the drain then changed his mind You just assumed he was comming upwards

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