5 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Small Worms in Your House

Discovering that you have small worms in your house is one thing, but figuring out what kind of small worms you have can be another entirely.

While there are several different types of small worms in the house, it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible to avoid bigger problems down the road (and yes, there are big worms in houses, too). Check out these five easy ways to get rid of small worms in your house.

5 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Small Worms in Your House

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1) Use Baking Soda to Kill Them

There are many things you can do with baking soda, and killing small worms is one of them. Of course, for a better understanding, you must know what types of small worms are lurking around your house.

Small worms that can cause harm to human health include pinworms, roundworms, and threadworms.

If you’re sure these little creatures have invaded your house, start by sprinkling baking soda on areas where they usually show up—carpets are often their favorite hangout spots. After doing so, let it sit overnight—most small worms will be dead by morning.

You could also use natural oils such as cedar oil or peppermint oil with similar effects! However, make sure you take proper precautions when using any kind of chemicals. Before applying anything new to your home environment, always check with an expert first.

And remember: don’t touch any kind of worm if you can help it! Although some species aren’t harmful to humans, there’s no need to risk getting bitten or infected if you don’t have to.

This rule applies especially if you’re dealing with small worms—their bites tend to hurt more than larger ones because they inject less venom but bite deeper into skin tissue (ouch!).

To avoid all contact at all costs, wear gloves while handling small worms or putting traps out in your home.

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2) Natural Pesticides Are Also Effective

Pesticides can be highly effective against worms, but they aren’t always safe for humans or pets. The good news is that many common household items can also work. Baking soda (1/4 cup per gallon of water) has been shown to kill them on contact.

Soak rags in vinegar and place them around your home; you should see improvement within a day or two. Finally, if you have any citrus fruits lying around (lemons, limes, oranges), roll them under your feet: they are naturally toxic and will help take care of any tiny troublemakers!

You may have to reapply over time as eggs may hatch later on, but these three tips are often all it takes. It’s important to note that worm infestations don’t tend to spread from person to person so no need to panic!

Most cases happen when an animal eats infected soil or an insect bites someone and then poops in their mouth. Keeping children away from infected areas is important though.

To do so, try spraying the antiseptic solution onto clothing rather than directly onto skin (if hands touch soil after application, wash with soap).

It might seem like a lot of work just to prevent worm infestations, but consider how unpleasant it would be living with them—not to mention having family members eat dirt now and then.

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3) Keeping Doors Closed Is Important

The main way that small worms make their way into homes is through pet feces. From there, they can crawl into carpeting and wooden floors. What’s more, they tend to travel as a group.

It’s important not to let them establish themselves as a community in your home—keeping doors closed as much as possible is an easy way to prevent small worm infestations from becoming large ones.

As a general rule, it’s also important not to leave children and pets unattended inside houses with carpets or hardwood floors;

since young children aren’t always potty-trained and many cats prefer litter boxes that aren’t kept in enclosed spaces, keeping doors closed is difficult when little humans are running around. Be vigilant!

4) Only Store Food Items Where They Can’t Access Them

If you’re cleaning up after a meal and find curling worms (aka maggots) crawling along your kitchen counter or dinner plate, it’s time to clean the house. These unsightly pests can make themselves at home inside your kitchen cabinets.

To stop them from returning, move all food out of cabinets and storage areas where these worms may have already set up shop.

Check all containers for signs of vermin activity—wetness or discoloration on boxes, spilled rice cereal in otherwise empty cereal boxes, or small holes punched through chip bags are telltale signs that you have a problem.

It might be worth paying someone with expertise in pest control services to take care of your problem before it spreads further—and damages more than just your food items. The last thing you want is an infestation spreading to other parts of your home.

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5) Clean Up After They Die

When you first notice worms in your house, it’s time to start looking for them. One of their favorite hiding spots is in and around windows, doorways, and baseboards. If you spot a worm on your carpet or floor, pick it up with a paper towel or piece of cardboard.

Cleaning up after they die is another great way to help keep new ones from moving into your home. Throw out any dead worms you find (preferably outside) because they will not be strong enough to survive long on their own without food sources like yours!

You can also put some mothballs in places where you see lots of small worms; these will prevent them from crawling back inside when it rains. If there are live worms left, spray an insecticide that contains bifenthrin directly onto each one.

This should kill them quickly—and safely—without harming pets or humans. Repeat as necessary until all small worms are gone.

Collin Miller

Since 2002, Collin has specialized in the pest control industry. He has a Pest Control and Termite Control Commercial Applicator License. He serves on the Missouri Pest Management Association board of directors as a director at large, and he attempts to provide a personal touch in pest eradication to customers in the Ozarks. When the weather is great, Collin enjoys working in his yard, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends, as well as watching football.

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