A reader just reached out to us about lots of worms she discovered after finishing a housing project. They installed a deck next to their foundation and recently noticed hoards of reddish worms that are 2-3 inches long nested in the sand. They also found these worms under an outdoor chest. She wonders if there is a way to deter these worms and prevent them from returning.
There was no picture included, but we are pretty sure she has found bloodworms. Bloodworms are midge fly larvae, but they get their name from their bright red color. Their ideal environment is a moist place where there isn’t a lot of light. The moisture and darkness allow for grime and organic matter to build up so they can feed easily. Under a outdoor chest is a likely home for bloodworms, and also people find bloodworms in the sand regularly!
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Cleaning under the chest might help deter these worms, but in an outdoor environment it can be difficult to get rid of moisture and organic material. If our reader would like to explore some chemical options to get rid of these worms, we recommend she go to a gardening or home owners store and ask a professional there.
In conclusion, a reader discovered bloodworms outside of her home. We don’t offer unnatural ways to get rid of critters, but she can look into options at a home owners store.
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