“For the past six months, I have been seeing these tiny worms, or creatures that look like worms, on my bathroom floor”, writes this reader concerning the gray critters pictured below. “They are not near the drain and that is what made me write to you, because I saw previous posts and you mention that these worms hang out near drains. We keep our bathroom clean, and once a month I put bleach down the drain with hot water. But I still see them come not only on the floor, but on the bathtub, sometimes on the window porch, they’re practically everywhere. I live in a house near London. Can you please advise what to do? Many thanks.”
“I found a long, small, black worm while I was showering”, writes Kylee about the creature pictured below. “It’s the only one I’ve found, and it was so fast! But it doesn’t look at all like an earthworm. I’ll try to attach a photo.” This is a curious case, because once we think we land on an identification, one of the facts that Kylee gives us seems to put us back in a corner and reevaluate. For example, given where this creature was found, as well as its body shape and coloration, we would instinctively identify this as a drain fly larva. Yet, when we take into account that it supposedly moves “so fast”, then this explanation seems less likely. But in any case, from the picture it looks like the critter does not have legs, like most species of worms, and many species of insect larvae, and if this is the case, then how can it move as fast as Kylee suggests?
“Why do I keep finding this bug in my vehicle?” asks this reader in her submission concerning the small, gray, spiky bug on the face mask in the photo below. Our reader states that she does not allow eating in her car, which she just purchased and keeps very clean.
A little while ago, we received a question from a reader who is seeing silver worms at night. He is wondering what the silver worms are – or, technically, what the silver worm is, as the reader seems to imply (correctly or incorrectly) that he is seeing the same worm every time it emerges – so we’ll cut to the chase: they are probably silverfish, or fishmoths, which are also commonly spelled as separate words (“silver fish” and “fish moths”). Again, all of these terms could be singular (making it fish moth, fishmoth, etc.), but this doesn’t change anything we’ll say on the matter, so we’ll switch between plural and singular forms.
Much like plants and flowers, pests are also seasonal. During the warm summer season, you might notice swarms of gnats flying around outdoors and towards the end of the summer or early fall, you may notice an increase in the number of centipedes crawling around on your kitchen floor. There are a number of house pests that can invade your home seasonally or even year round. One such house pest is the silverfish.