Worm in Toilet is a Bloodworm

We just got sent a video of a 3 inch long, red creature wiggling around in the water of a toilet bowl. The sender wants to know if this is an earthworm or a parasitic worm. She knows it doesn’t resemble a pinworm or tapeworm (which are parasitic) and notes that it was discovered in a clean toilet, not after a bowel movement.

As we mentioned, the critter is a couple inches long, very thin, and red. Although earthworms are discovered in toilets on a regular basis, we believe she has discovered a bloodworm!

UPDATE! All About Worms has partnered with HealthLabs so that
you can get tested for parasites at a fully-qualified lab near you,
no doctor's visit required
! Check it out at HealthLabs.com!

Bloodworms are actually midge fly larvae, but they are called “bloodworms” due to their striking red color. As with other larvae, these creatures feed on organic matter. Bloodworms aren’t harmful to humans, but they may indicate that our reader should give her toilet a good cleaning. She should focus of getting rid of the grime that lives in the pipes connecting to the toilet, as well as the bowl itself. Using a cleaning supply that targets organic matter and a long pipe cleaning brush will help eliminate the feeding source for these larvae.

Although our reader mentioned this larva was found in an unused toilet, if there is any question that this worm might have come from a human she should get in contact with a doctor immediately. However, we do believe that this is a bloodworm, not a parasite.

In conclusion, a reader found what we believe is a bloodworm swimming around in her toilet.

No Paywall Here!
All About Worms is and always has been a free resource. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or make you give us your email address, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to pay our research authors, and to run and maintain the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep All About Worms free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did we provide for you today?:
Summary
Worm in Toilet is a Bloodworm
Article Name
Worm in Toilet is a Bloodworm
Description
We just got sent a video of a 3 inch long, red creature wiggling around in the water of a toilet bowl. The sender wants to know if this is an earthworm or a parasitic worm. She knows it doesn’t resemble a pinworm or tapeworm (which are parasitic) and notes that it was discovered in a clean toilet, not after a bowel movement.
Author

3 Comments

  1. Amelia Bushingmon

    I AM GOING TO THROW UP!!!!!! OMG

  2. henry

    Please what is the best way to get rid of this worm, I dnt like seeing it, even when d toilet is clean I notice it in my toilet, dis have been occurring for the past few months. Please I need your help

  3. Could you please tell me whether these type of worms would be of any harm/ threat to humans? Do pest control help getting rid of them at home?

    Why do they appear again although the toilet is clean. What is the best way to get rid off them completely?

    Thank you.

Leave a Comment (but to submit a question please use the "Submit a Question" link above; we can't respond to questions posted as a comment)

Menu / Search

All About Worms