All posts by Worm Researcher Dori

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Reader Infuriated by Intense Worm Infestation

We recently received this message from one of our readers, "For the past few months, I have had an infestation that caused me to throw away most of my pantry food. Since then I've stored all dried foods in the freezer in ziplock bags. I am now having to throw away all the food in my cupboards, pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. I feel like I am going mad. Some of the creatures look like tiny maggots and some are thin like a piece of hair. They have managed to eat all of my chocolate ice cream, freezer ravioli, rice products, and even some canned food. I am at my wit's end. Please help!" At first, we thought she was probably dealing with pantry moth larvae. These specimens are extremely common household pests. They usually enter a home by means of a contaminated food product and then infest Continue reading [...]

Worm On Ceiling Might Be Millipede

One of our readers recently sent us a photo of a worm-like organism she noticed crawling on her bedroom ceiling. She described it's slow movement and mentioned 2 antennae. The picture shows a thin brown organism: Despite not being able to see this organism clearly, we still think we know what it is. We believe it is a millipede. Millipedes have the same thin, long body that this creature has, and they also have antennae! Furthermore, they are discovered by readers in and around their homes fairly often! In the outdoors, millipedes live on forest floors where there is an abundance of dead and decaying wood and plant matter to eat. When they sneak into homes, they seek out similarly dark and damp environments. They are usually found in bathrooms and basements where they eat dust, dirt, Continue reading [...]

Worm in Toilet is Nothing to Worry About

One of our readers recently asked us about a worm she found in her toilet. We believe this is either a bloodworm or an earthworm! Continue reading [...]

Worms Found Outside Might Be Carpet Beetle Larvae

We believe the group of worm-like organisms our reader found on the outside of her house are carpet beetle larvae. We encourage our reader to clear away these larvae and to keep them out of her home, where they could become destructive pests. Continue reading [...]

Cluster of Larvae Discovered on Limestone

Our reader discovered a cluster of moth larvae on the limestone wall of her house. She can wash her walls to get rid of these creatures, but they are nothing to be worried about! Continue reading [...]

Worms Hanging From Ceiling Are Moth Larvae

We believe the small black worms our reader noticed hanging from her ceiling are inchworms! These larvae are harmless and can be eliminated by cleaning...there is no need for her to call an exterminator! Continue reading [...]
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