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As their name suggests, drain worms are found in the kitchen and bathroom drains where they feed on the decomposing organic matter. The small black invertebrates are actually larvae of drain flies, which are common in the damp areas of a house.
Also known as sink, filter, or sewer worms, these organisms can spread harmful bacteria, and you should therefore eliminate them from your home. Read on to learn the ways to kill the worms in your kitchen, bathroom, toilet, or garage.
1. Unclog the Drain Filters
Drain filters are one of the most common areas where the worms thrive. They are the breeding ground for the adult flies, and you should therefore unclog them regularly. You have to remove things like debris, grime, and hair from the filters.
2. Pour Hot Water in the Drains
Hot water breaks down the organic matter stuck on the surfaces of the drains, destroying the conditions which favor the worms. Hot water also kills the organisms directly, eliminating the problem instantly.
3. Use Bio-Enzymatic Cleaners
These cleaners make it easier to clean the drains. They soften the organic matter making it easier to remove the dirt, and therefore, doing away with the worms.
4. Use Baking Soda and White Vinegar
Like the bio-based cleaners discussed above, these chemical substances disintegrates the organic matter making it easier to clean the drains. They also kill the worms.
5. Scour the Drains With a Metal Pipe Brush
A metal pipe brush is effective in removing organic dirt from the sides of the pipes. To properly scour the drains with the brush, you need to move the tool up and down to remove the dirt thus starving the organisms.
6. Use a Plumbing Snake
This tool can help you remove grime from pipes that are located deep down the drains. To use the plumbing snake, you need to insert the coil into the pipe and twist it through to destroy the breeding grounds and pull out the dirt.
7. Clean the Surfaces With Bleach
If you think that the adult flies have laid eggs on the surfaces near the drains, you need to clean the surfaces with bleach. The chemical substance will kill the eggs and also the worms hiding in the grout.
8. Use a Plunger to Remove Grime Trapped in the Drains
For any grime stuck in the drain corners, you need to use a plunger to remove it. This ensures that there is no more organic matter to support the worms.
9. Use Mineral Oil to Prevent Infestation
Mineral oil works well for drains that are not always in use and also after controlling the worms. It covers the surfaces of the drains to repel the adult flies which lay eggs on the surfaces.
10. Use an Insect Growth Regulator
An insect growth regulator will prevent the larvae from transitioning to the next stage. The worms will eventually die, and therefore, there will be no formation of adult flies which are the primary cause of the problem.
11. Kill the Worms With an Insecticide
There are a number of insecticides that can kill these organisms, but I recommend the natural and organic ones. To effectively get rid of the worms with an insecticide, you just need to apply it inside the drains and around the filters.
12. Kill the Adult Drain Flies
As mentioned above, the adult flies are the primary cause of these worms, and therefore, if you can eliminate them, you can do away with the worms. You can use a safe insecticide to kill the flies, but I recommend you use physical means like fly swats, sticky tapes, and traps.
13. Remove Excess Moisture
Drain flies and worms thrives in damp environments, and therefore, if you can reduce moisture in your kitchen, bathroom, or garage, you can effectively control them. You can remove excess moisture by keeping the windows open, using a dehumidifier, or installing a ventilation system.
14. Fix Any Plumbing Issues
Some plumbing issues like a cracked sink or bathtub and pipe leaks can cause conditions that favor these worms. Some plumbing problems cause damp environments while others lead to the accumulation of organic matter which supports these organisms. You therefore need to fix any plumbing issue in your home to avoid these worms and other problems.
There you have it. I am sure that one of these methods discussed above will help you get rid of drain worms in your home. Some of the methods are a little bit expensive or hard to carry out, but I hope you can try them to eliminate the annoying organisms from your home.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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