“What are these?” is all this reader asks about the small, black worm-like organisms pictured below. They appear to have bulbous black heads and prolegs, and are very minuscule in size.
“I found a teeny tiny orange-ish worm with two brown dots”, states this reader in her submission. “What is it and should I be worried?”
“Can you please help identify this worm?” asks this reader in his submission regarding the black and brown larva-like organism pictured below. “I found these all over our barn in Shingle Springs California. Thank you!”
“I am trying to figure out what these critters are in the carpet, so that I can eliminate them”, states this reader from Oklahoma in his submission. “I fear they are larvae of some type.”
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This reader “would be extremely grateful” if we could help her identify some parasites that have invaded her family. Our reader writes to us in the hopes that the answers that we provide may “hopefully prevent others from experiencing a terror” such as the one our reader has faced.
“Found this in my basement and I’m freaked out”, states this reader about the segmented, black worm-like creature pictured below. “Would anyone know what this could be? Thank you!”
“I found one of these in my laundry room and would like to know what it is”, is all this reader writes in his submission to us. The creature he is referring to is gray in color, with a large, brown head and a segmented, bristly body.
“This morning I found these on my floor”, states this reader regarding the black and reddish creatures pictured below. “Do you have any idea what they are?”
“Is this an inch worm or a bookworm (if that exists)?” asks this reader in his submission concerning the tiny, white worm-like creature pictured below. “It had legs (maybe 4-6) and as shown in the picture I found it in my book.”
“It is currently the start of winter and I noticed one morning that there is a larva- or caterpillar-like creature on my floor”, states this reader about the creature pictured below. “The larva is brown, has a small white dot where I assume the head is, and the butt is flat-ish.”
“I found two black flatworms”, states this reader about the creature pictured below, which indeed has a glossy black body, with a light gray/white underside. “I already am infested with the hammerhead worms, now what is this worm?”
“Found both of these in my bathroom sink one day” is all this reader states in her submission concerning the brown-red blobs pictured below. One of them looks like a flat triangle of reddish-brown goo, while the other one looks like it has more shape.
“What fresh hell is this?” asks this reader about the larva-like creature buried in a piece of lint pictured below. He describes it as having a “long white body and dark head.”
“What is this larva I found on my daughter’s windowsill?” asks this reader from Chicago about the transparent, long creature pictured below. “If it helps there’s also some kind of nest outside the window (at the top left) and pigeons sit out there often.”
“I have had these in my hair for over a year”, states this reader in her submission regarding the black and transparent organisms pictured below. “Can you identify these things?”
“Does spreading Diatomaceous Earth protect from the flathead worms?” asks this reader in her submission. She provides no further context, or photos, but we will do our best to help her in any way that we can.
“I have thin clear/white microscopic strands on fabrics in my house and can’t figure out what they are”, states this reader in her submission. “Could they be larvae of something?”
“No one and I mean no one knows what they are”, states this reader about the ‘little flat thingie[s]’ he discovered hanging from his cottonwood trees. The picture below shows the organism on the flat of our reader’s finger, showing us how minuscule this creature is.
“I am finding these tiny worm-like things in my bed and upholstery”, states this reader about the black organism pictured below. “They are semicircular and only about a quarter of an inch.”