Are you good at getting rid of insects in your bathroom on your own?
Even if you are, you might still be having a hard time dealing with the common drain fly’s breed, i.e. the black worm!
Simply applying bleach and toilet cleaners is not going to be enough for these pesky insects.
You will need to follow a step by step procedure to carry this out. But don’t worry, it’s not difficult to execute this procedure.
On the contrary, it’s a very straightforward process and I’m confident that you will thank yourself in the end, for going through with it!
Why You Need To Get Rid Of The Black Worms
It’s hard to imagine them leaving on their own, which is why you will need to step in sooner rather than later.
You might be wondering how you can get rid of these creatures efficiently?
That’s what I’m here for.
In this write-up, I will explain how you can get rid of black worms in your bathroom for good.
Read on to see what you need to do to keep these pesky vermin from coming back!
Where Do The Blackworms Come From
You may have a vague idea that the blackworms are usually around the drain outlets, so they often must come from drainpipes. But how do they end up there?
Well, the answer is simple. Clogged drainpipes are the ideal breeding ground for drain flies.
They feed on the hair and waste that gets attached to the inner edges of the drainpipe.
This mixture is organic and can sustain a lot of newly born blackworms. That is why it’s hard to understand what these creatures feed on since you can’t see the waste down the pipe!
Now that you know the origin of the problem, I will explain the significant issues you might be facing in case of a blackworm breakout.
Tip Of The Iceberg
A blackworm infestation is only a small portion of the more significant problem at hand.
I don’t need to bore you with the details of how important cleanliness is, so I’ll get right to the point.
Blackworms and drain flies are from the same family. You can see the worms grow wings and start flying in almost two weeks after their birth.
You need to nip this problem in the bud if you don’t want filth flying around the toilet!
Step By Step Solution
Here’s my step by step guide to how you can deal with this problem!
Most of you know that an essential part of solving any problem is identifying it first. Therefore, make sure you know where the blackworms are present in abundance.
You can do this by applying petroleum jelly or sticky tape to the inside of the suspected drain outlet.
This adhesive material will catch the flies. Check-in after two to three days, and if you find flies on the tape or in the jelly, it will confirm your suspicion of the probable breeding grounds!
2. Eliminating The Breeding Process:
After you’re sure that there is breeding of drain flies in your drain outlets, you’ll need to plunge the affected pipe.
This plunging will remove the hair and waste that I mentioned above, which is the primary food source for these worms.
3. Prepping The Pipe For Cleaning:
Don’t just rush into cleaning the inside drain. Let me tell you a much more effective method that will ensure positive results!
A good trick for the DIYers is this: apply hot water on the outside of the drainpipe before cleaning the inside.
This application of cleaning from both in and out will clean off any residual eggs in the chamber!
4. Cleaning With The Right Cleaners:
I’ve seen many people being bewildered by the fact that blackworms are appearing even after regular cleaning.
Well, this is because you’re probably not using the right cleaning material!
Use enzyme based cleaners that last for hours for better results.
You can also use bicarbonate of soda as an alternative. Leave the cleaning materials at ease. Let them do their work for about an hour!
5. Flushing It Down:
When it’s time to flush out the cleaners, use chemicals and hot water instead of the regular flush water.
Once you’re done, flush for 3 to 5 times, to be sure!
6. Getting Rid Of The Adults:
If you’ve successfully identified and cleaned the contaminated pipe according to the above steps, I do not doubt that you have taken care of all the black worms and drain fly eggs in that particular pipe.
However, to completely solve the problem, you will need to eliminate the source.
You have to get rid of the already grown up drain flies and hence end the breeding cycle. I recommend doing this in two steps:
Use an insect growth regulator to prevent the eggs of drain flies from hatching in the first place. Just mix it in the flush tank, and you’ll be good to go!
Spray the atmosphere of your bathroom with diluted vinegar to kill any leftover drain flies.
If the infestation is huge, you can bug bomb the room and close it for a few days.
The Major Issues At Hand
The worst thing about having a blackworm infestation is exponential growth.
If you don’t deal with the problem in time, the colony of these pests will keep growing until you’re forced to call for professional help.
Blackworms have proven to cause bronchial asthma among people too. This is a rare occurrence, but no need to take chances. Clean out the mess as soon as possible!
Since these worms are harmless and since they don’t bite, some people leave the issue unchecked due to sheer laziness. Please don’t be one of those people.
Like I said earlier, nip the problem in the bud so you won’t have to ask for assistance later!
Some Helpful Tips
Although the process may seem simple, the cleaning and draining of these pipes are quite tedious.
So, here’s my best-recommended solution: Don’t let the infestation occur in the first place!
Regularly clean and maintain the bathroom’s hygiene, and hopefully, you won’t have to deal with this issue.
Run the inactive taps of water with a warm setting almost twice every week. This small tweak will regulate the function of your water taps and prevent airlocks as well.
If even after following all the precautions, a blackworm or drain fly manages to sneak in, you don’t have to panic.
If you’ve read this article thoroughly, you will be more than equipped to handle the dirty imposters!
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