We received a message from one of our readers in Bucharest, Romania. She explained that she recently moved into a brand new apartment building and before moving in the furniture, she noticed a worm-like organism on the wall near the window in her bedroom. Since fully settling in her new place, she has seen several more of these creatures. They are always on the wall or the curtain by the window:
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She described them as being about 1 mm long and reddish colored. She noted that there are no food or plants in her bedroom, so she isn’t sure what they are attracted to in her home, especially since her first sighting occurred before any furniture was even in the house. She explained that she is very rigorous about cleaning and is feeling unsettled about the presence of insects in her home. She wants to know what the creatures are and how she might be able to get rid of them.
Unfortunately, we aren’t sure what kind of organisms our reader is dealing with. We do have a little information from our reader, but it isn’t enough to make an identification based off of. While it is always better to have a photograph to work with, this photo doesn’t reveal much about the mysterious specimen. We can see its general size, shape, and color, but we aren’t able to discern any other details. We cannot determine if it is segmented, if it has prolegs, if it has a distinct head, or if it has any other significant or identifying features.
We are confident that she isn’t dealing with carpet beetle larvae, drain fly larvae, or bloodworms, all of which are common household pests that readers deal with. Since we don’t know what specimens have set up camp in our reader’s bedroom, we can’t give any specific instructions on how she can get rid of these unwanted guests. We assume she has already thoroughly cleaned the room since she mentioned she is a vigorous cleaner, but if not, a deep cleaning session is a good place to start. It would also be smart for her to check to see if the window in the room is properly sealed from the outside world, as this might be where the specimens are sneaking in through. In addition, she might want to have the curtains professionally cleaned, as this is where she finds the majority of the specimens. Finally, she can install a dehumidifier to her home to reduce moisture levels, since most organisms prefer a moist environment to a dry one.
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In summary, one of our readers has been finding small red larvae in her bedroom. Sadly, we don’t know what these creatures are. We recommend she check to make sure her bedroom window is properly sealed and work on making her room less hospitable to these visitors.