A woman wrote asked us about some creatures she found about in her bathroom. She says that she vacuumed two days ago. She also mentions that she is experiencing a mold problem in her bathroom.
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We will assume that this is a common household larvae, and not one that caught a ride inside on someone’s clothes. In that case, this could be the larva of any number of flies or beetles (including the larva of our good friend the varied carpet beetle).
Whatever it is, our reader wants it (and its larval friends) gone. She is on the right track with the vacuuming. Removing the larvae’s food source is the most effective eviction method. She will want to thoroughly sweep, mop, and vacuum everything. She should pay special attention to dark corners, the areas under furniture, and around any baseboards. These are all places that bits of stuff tend to collect, and can serve as an all-you-can-eat buffet for little critters.
There are some larvae that will happily eat mold, mildew, and the bits of wall and such that are falling apart because of moisture. So, it is possible that the mold issue in her bathroom is attracting some unwanted wildlife. However, there is no doubt whatsoever that the mold itself IS unwanted wildlife. In addition to any cleaning that she does around the house, she will absolutely want to do away with that mold.
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Airborne mold spores can cause health issues for the humans, and animals, that unknowingly breath them. Mold is insidious, and only gets harder to get rid of over time. If she has tried to remove the mold and been unsuccessful, then we recommend that she contact a professional mold removal company. They will be able to remove the mold and tell her how to prevent mold issues in the future.
As for the larva, we suspect they are just going about their larval lives and don’t want to see her any more than she wants to see them. Thoroughly cleaning should remove their food and then they’ll move along on their own. We wish her the best of luck in removing all unwanted lifeforms now living in her house.