How to Get Rid of Larvae Using Natural and Non-Toxic Methods

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It isn’t unusual for us to hear from readers who have discovered some type of larvae in their homes, often in the bathroom or kitchen. We often identify these larvae as drain fly larvae, pantry moth larvae, or midge fly larvae. However, all of these different types of larvae are removed using similar methods. In this post, we will address how to eradicate larvae using natural and non-toxic methods.

Larvae, like many other worms and insects, feed on unattended organic matter. Some larvae prefer food crumbs while others gravitate towards grime and grit you might find in a moist area. Those that eat food crumbs are usually found in the kitchen and we call them pantry fly larvae. Readers often find these in unsealed dry goods, like flour. The larvae that prefer the grit in a bathroom are most commonly discovered in the bathroom or in the kitchen sink. These are usually drain fly larvae, or on occasion midge fly larvae, which we usually refer to as bloodworms.

In order to get rid of larvae in your home, you will need to eliminate the food source that they are surviving on. If you discover pantry fly larvae, you should throw out any infested dry goods in your pantry. You should also dust, sweep, and clean out the pantry thoroughly to make sure there are no remaining crumbs. You should continue to clean your pantry often to make sure these pests don’t return. You could consider releasing trichogramma wasps if the problem is especially bad because these wasps will attack the moth larvae eggs. Also, you can treat the cracks and crevices of the area with diatinaceous earth to deter these creatures from returning. To prevent further infestations, buy your dried goods in small amounts and store them in airtight containers or in the fridge or freezer.

If your bathroom or sink drain is the scene of the larvae infestation, you will also need to attack the problem with cleanliness and sanitation. Scrubbing down all surfaces with organic cleaner will eliminate possible food sources, like old shampoo or hair follicles. Next, you will need to tackle the drain with a natural pipe cleaning gel that is designed to destroy organic material. Use a pipe brush or snake to clean the drain thoroughly. Make these cleaning routines habitual to deter these larvae from returning. If an outbreak is especially bad, you could consider re-grouting the bathroom tiles to prevent water seepage, which might lead to appealing breeding sites.

In conclusion, no matter which type of larvae you find living in your home, the solution is to practice cleanliness and sanitation methods on a regular basis!

 

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How to Get Rid of Larvae Using Natural and Non-Toxic Methods
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How to Get Rid of Larvae Using Natural and Non-Toxic Methods
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It isn’t unusual for us to hear from readers who have discovered some type of larvae in their homes, often in the bathroom or kitchen. We often identify these larvae as drain fly larvae, pantry moth larvae, or midge fly larvae. However, all of these different types of larvae are removed using similar methods. In this post, we will address how to eradicate larvae using natural and non-toxic methods.
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