A reader reached out to us on Facebook to ask us about a worm she found in her shower. She says it has appeared after the shower hasn’t been used for several hours. What could it be?
As you can see from the photo, the worm is long, red, and shiny. We are confident that this is a bloodworm!
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Bloodworms are actually the larvae of midge flies, which technically classifies them as larvae, not worms. Bloodworms are often discovered in toilets, sinks, or showers because they feed on the organic matter that lines the pipes and drains. The fact that our reader has spotted these creatures is a great indicator that she should give her shower drain a good cleaning! This cleaning process involves using a cleaning gel that is specifically designed to eliminate organic material, since that is the food source for these larvae.
Although these bright colored worms are alarming, our reader shouldn’t be too worried because they aren’t harmful to humans. That being said, she should clean the drain as soon as possible.
To summarize, a reader asked us to identify a red creature she found in her shower. We believe this is a bloodworm.
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