Here at All About Worms, it seems that nearly every day we attempt to solve a mystery for one of our readers. Today is no different! We will attempt to figure out if the presence of worms in our reader’s bed and the presence of her cat in her bed are related. She explained that she discovered little worms in her bed, and mentioned that her cat spends a lot of time in her bedroom. She said that the worms went away but came back after a couple of weeks. She is terrified to sleep in her bed until this mystery is solved.
Sadly, she didn’t include a photograph of the little worms in her bed, or any additional details regarding their appearance. Unfortunately this makes it impossible for us to figure out the identity of these worms, and to determine whether they can be linked to her cat or not. We will still attempt to solve this puzzle, but we can’t be certain our ideas are correct. Two worm-like organisms that are sometimes found in beds are carpet beetle larvae and flea larvae.
Carpet beetle larvae are small, rust-colored specimens that are covered in tiny bristle-like hairs. Readers find them in their beds fairly regularly because carpet beetle larvae are known to eat the feathers and wool that are inside mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Carpet beetle larvae also sometimes eat animal hair, which could be a soft link between these creatures and our reader’s cat. Getting rid of carpet beetle larvae involves an intense cleaning regime that our reader can follow in order to say goodbye to these pests and feel safe sleeping in her bed again.
These specimens might also be flea larvae. Flea larvae are tiny translucent and black worm-like organisms. Our reader mentioned the worms disappeared and then came back, which lines up with the life cycle of fleas. Therefore we think this is probably what our reader is dealing with, and definitely links the presence of the specimens with her cat. The first step to getting rid of flea larvae is having her cat treated for fleas. To accomplish this, our reader and her cat will need to pay a visit to the vet. Once that is handled, she will need to wash any bedding that her cat sleeps on and wash any toys that her cat plays with. The floors in her home should also be vacuumed, swept, and mopped regularly. The process of getting rid of fleas and flea larvae can take weeks, so our reader will need to stay on top of the cleaning in order to get rid of these larvae.
To wrap up, one of our readers found some little worms in her bed and wanted to know if the worms might be around because of her cat. We can’t guarantee anything without a photograph, but we think our reader might be dealing with flea larvae. In order to get rid of these larvae, she should take her cat to the vet to be diagnosed and treated, and then begin thoroughly cleaning her bedding and her home.