February 8, 2007
Bleach is No Solution to Worms in Shower
By Dwight Barnett
Q: I have a problem with our shower. I do not see mildew or mold, but every two weeks or so, if I don't spray the shower with bleach, I find small, slender worms of some sort. Where are they coming from?
A: The worms are most likely the larvae of a common house gnat, or they could be carpet beetle larvae that have wandered from the beaten path.
The gnat's larvae like to hang out in drains or in really wet soils of houseplants and, of course, carpet beetles like carpet.
Any time you have an infestation problem that requires chemicals or pesticides, you need to hire a licensed pest control company.
Household chemicals, even bleach, can be hazardous if used incorrectly and, as you already know, the bleach is not solving the problem.
DWIGHT BARNETT IS A CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR FOR THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS. ASK HIM YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT QUESTION AT C. DWIGHT BARNETT, EVANSVILLE COURIER & PRESS, P.O. BOX 286, EVANSVILLE, IN 47702.
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