Little Red Larvae are Likely Fly Larvae

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We just heard from a reader who found some little red larvae in her son’s room. She sent us a picture in the hopes that we can identify them and advise her on how to get rid of them.

The photo shows 4 larvae. Their coloring varies from orange to maroon, and they are the shape of a robust cylinder. One of them has excreted a yellow liquid. We have included the image below.

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We believe these are fly larvae. Their color variation could be attributed to differences in their diets. Unfortunately, other than our speculation that these are fly larvae, we aren’t able to further identify their species. Luckily, for most fly larvae species, getting rid of them requires the same steps across the board. Our reader should search her son’s room for the potential food source for these larvae. This could be any decaying organic matter, sometimes even dust or cobwebs. Our reader should make sure the trashcan is empty, and clean out any old food or food containers that have been lying around. General cleaning like sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and surface scrubbing will also help make her son’s room a less ideal environment for these larvae. Sometimes these larvae are present because there is a dead animal trapped in the walls or vents of a house. This is an unlikely scenario, but if our reader completes thorough cleaning and can’t find a food source and these larvae are still present, she might look into this situation. If that’s the case, she can get in touch with a professional.

To summarize, a reader found some red larvae in her son’s room. We believe that these are fly larvae.

 

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Little Red Larvae are Likely Fly Larvae
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Little Red Larvae are Likely Fly Larvae
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We just heard from a reader who found some little red larvae in her son’s room. She sent us a picture in the hopes that we can identify them and advise her on how to get rid of them.
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