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What is Sufficient for Cleaning a Drain Properly and Controlling Bathroom Pest Populations?

"If I do have moth larvae and you say to keep drains clean and of course dry, is cleanser adequate or do we need something super duper?" asks this reader in her query about "transparent worms" she has been finding in the kitchen and bathrooms. The creature in the photograph appears to be minuscule in size, a green/gray color, and has two rows of spots going down its back. Continue reading [...]

Dark Gray Larvae Found in Bathroom After Leak Could be Drain Fly Larvae or Carpet Beetle Larvae

"EWWW!!!" says this reader upon finding larvae crawling up from the baking soda she put on a bathroom carpet in an attempt to clean it. The larvae in question are a gradient of colors, their bodies moving from white to dark gray, with a black tip on the lighter end. They also appear to be bristled, and from the video our reader sent it is clear that the larvae have no legs. Continue reading [...]

Little Tiny Black Worms in Bathtub are Drain Fly Larvae

"We found these little tiny black worms in our bathtub and was wondering what they are," states this reader in his submission. From the pictures he sent us, we can see that the worms look more brown than they do black, with horizontal stripes running along their bodies and dark tips at either end. Continue reading [...]

Yellow and Reddish-Brown Striped Worm in Toilet is a Drain Fly Larva

After leaving her house in South-East England empty for three months, this reader has found a worm in her toilet and wonders if we have any ideas about what it could be. The worm is described by our reader as having "yellow and reddish-brown stripes", and zooming in on the photograph she sent us confirms, at the very least, that the worm is striped. Continue reading [...]

Creepy Maggots Found in Bathroom Could Be Housefly or Drain Fly Larvae

"Every once in a while I'll find a maggot or 3 on the floor in the bathroom" says this reader. She asks us if we can tell her what to do, how to get rid of said maggots, and what might be causing them to appear. Continue reading [...]
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Furry Moth, Accompanied by Black Larvae, May Be a Moth Fly or a Fall Armyworm Moth

"A few days before" removing black larvae from her living room ceiling, this reader "had seen a rather large, dark, furry moth." She believes the larvae to be moth fly larvae (otherwise known as drain fly larvae), but wonders if this moth, which was an inch in size and width, was indeed a mother moth fly, or something else entirely. Continue reading [...]
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