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Striped Brown Worm in Toilet is a Drain Fly Larva

A beige-brown, striped worm was found by this reader, who wonders if we could tell her what it is. The worm was found in her toilet and she worries that it may be a parasite. Continue reading [...]

Grout Worms: What are They and What Do They Look Like?

What looks like small, black worms were photographed by this reader, who wonders if they are grout worms. The photographs display organisms with an array of various body shapes; there are small curled up bodies, long straight ones and the last photograph is of what simply looks like a black dot. Continue reading [...]

Mass Infestation of Various Moth Species Plague Woman’s Home

A woman recently contacted us about a moth infestation she has been experiencing over the past couple of months, and she asks for our help in identifying and dealing with the problem. She has herself identified the moths as pantry moths (Indianmeal moths) "because they have a stripe across their body", but is now wondering whether or not they could be drain moths. Continue reading [...]

Little Black Live Worms in Shower are Drain Fly Larvae

Little live black worms have been appearing in this reader's shower, who has "cleaned & cleaned & cleaned" in an attempt to get rid of them, to no avail. She wonders if we can tell her what the worms are and how to get rid of them. Continue reading [...]

Air BnB Guest Find Two Drain Fly Pupae in the Toilet

A reader of ours found two worm-like creatures in a toilet at an Air BnB and wonders if we have any thoughts as to what they might be. The creatures in question appear to be black and white in coloration, with a segmented body striped black and white, a sharply-pointed tail, and a bulkier head sprouting two antennae. Continue reading [...]
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Are Tiny Worms Drain Fly Larvae?

A reader recently sent us some photos of worms he found in his bathtub. He wrote, "I believe they may be drain worms. I think there might be eggs around too. Your input would be great." Continue reading [...]
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