“I have found cream colored maggots with brown heads two years in a row at this time of year in November,” says this reader. She does not provide photographs, but instead a decent amount of context that we will use to try and figure out how best to help our reader.
The last time our reader found these worms was last November, when she found two, and this year she found five on the floor in front of her bathtub. She asks if it is possible that there is “a nest or some type of insect that is living under the trailer.” She further asks if there is anything that she can put in her drains to stop the worms from coming up, or “any kind of treatment” she can use to “eliminate this problem”. Now, without photographs of the worm, it is difficult to give our reader a confident identification of the creature she found. ‘Cream-colored maggot-like creature with brown head’ is likely the most generic description one could give of a creature, as so many species of larvae fit this description. These worms could be anything from clothes moth larvae, to pantry moth larvae, to drain fly larvae, to actual maggots. However, given the location in which these were found, we are more inclined to suppose that these are drain fly larvae.
Drain fly larvae are not strictly cream-colored, but are rather brown-and-beige-striped, though we can suppose that they appear to be cream-colored from a distance. These critters lay eggs on the organic film that builds in the drain after a period of neglect (in terms of either use or cleaning). Their numbers can grow rapidly, especially if the bathroom is not clean, as their diet consists primarily of decomposing organic materials, of which there are a lot in a bathroom if it is left unkempt. So, these worms would not be building nests underneath the trailer, but rather inside it. And to answer our reader’s latter questions, there are indeed treatments she can put down her drains to control and eliminate worm populations. Regular household products such as bleach work, but she may alternatively want to try home remedies such as a blend of baking soda and vinegar. Either way, pouring boiling hot water down the drain before and after using any treatment is vital to ensuring that any organisms and eggs are eliminated. She will also want to scrape away the sides of the drains for any organic film that may have built up over time, as this will get rid of the breeding sites of the drain fly larvae.
With all of that said, if these worms truly are a solid, cream color, then they are probably not drain fly larvae. But in that case, they could be any number of things. So, in order to cover all of her bases, we suggest that our reader do a deep clean of her home. This includes cleaning the entire home (sanitizing surfaces as well as cleaning out the drains), vacuuming the entire home (get behind and underneath furniture), laundering all clothes (especially those that are animal-based in production), cleaning all crumbs or spilled food, and doing anything else that our reader normally does to maintain her home. If more worms are still discovered after this process, she should repeat all of this a couple of times per week, for about two weeks (or however long it takes for the worms to stop coming). If the worms still keep coming after that, then there may be another problem our reader cannot fix by herself (such as a leak in her pipes somewhere underground). In that case, she should consider calling a professional to help her with this problem.
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In conclusion, it is unclear exactly what our reader is dealing with. We urge her to take a close look at the worms and see if they are indeed beige-and-brown-striped, with tiny bristles poking out from the sides of their bodies. If they do look like this, then she is indeed dealing with drain fly larvae, but if they do not, then she is likely dealing with something else. Either way, we hope that this article proves helpful to our reader and that she gets this problem under control soon! If she cannot, then we advise that she seriously considers hiring a professional, as it is never pleasant to have worms roaming one’s home.