If you’ve seen one or more cockroaches, there are a LOT more you’re not seeing. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s how this particular pest operates. However, let’s focus on the positives.
In the Mean Time, Scare Them Away
As cliché as it sounds, cockroaches are far more frightened of you than you are of them, and will hide as soon as they even sense you coming near them. As an interim measure, make a loud noise (such as a stomp or a clap) whenever you enter your bathroom. This will scare away the pests.
Barricade Your Bathroom with Boric Acid and Steel Wool
If an exterminator is too expensive for you, a pedestrian solution is available: boric acid and steel wool, both of which should be found at a local hardware emporium. Spray the boric acid at the base of all the walls in your bathroom. It will eat away at any part of the roach that comes into contact with it, deterring them from your bathroom.
Note: Boric acid is extremely poisonous to humans and animals. If you have pets or small children, Do-Not-Use!
By stuffing shredded steel wool into minute cracks and crevices around your bathroom, you’ll deter roaches from trying to squeeze through the razor-sharp brambles.
However, for permanent infestation removal, a professional exterminator is still your best bet.
Jordan Gaither: I’m a Communications major by trade, an artist by choice, a welder by day and a dancer by night (Okay, I made that last part up). Having lived in a succession of cramped, oddly-shaped apartments, I have a wealth of personal experience in apartment living, as well as arranging and decorating to maximize effect and livable space.