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tiny maggot in bathroom

Tiny White Maggots in Bathroom

We received a question from a reader recently about a small maggot, or something like a maggot, that he found in his bathroom. The reader's email to us does a decent job covering his situation, so we'll quote it in full (with the addition of several articles, definite and indefinite): "This tiny white maggoty looking worm with light pinkish head and tail was on the edge of my bathroom sink this morning. My shitzu sleeps with me. Maybe it crawled on me in the night and fell off me at the sink? He goes potty in a woodsy area. I know there are chiggers he brings in. I'm in west central Missouri. Just north of Kansas City and it's the end of June. Can you identify? Thank you." Continue reading [...]
Scary, fast centipede

Scary, Fast Worm on Bathroom Floor

A reader wrote to us recently about a "scary looking really fast moving worm on my bathroom floor." Emphasizing its speed once more, the reader reports that the worm, which is actually most likely a centipede (more on this in a second), "moved really fast even on a wet floor," and also mentioned that it crawled up into the wall after it was spotted. The reader was quite startled by the worm (or centipede), and asked for our help. Obviously, we aren't in position to help in any sort of direct way, but we can help with the matter of identification, and again we think our reader found a centipede, not a worm, for reasons we will now outline. Continue reading [...]
worm in Singapore

Worm on Floor in Singapore

A reader recently sent us a great picture of a worm he found in Singapore on his hardwood floor. The worm is relatively long and skinny, and its body color might be roughly described as translucently gray. Overall, it is a fairly nondescript creature - not in the sense that it isn't interesting looking, but only because it doesn't have any clear markings or body features. Its plainness is almost an aesthetic onto itself. What is this worm on the floor in Singapore? Continue reading [...]
hammerhead worm

Fishing with Hammerhead Worms

We recently received a question from a reader about whether or not it is possible to fish with hammerhead worms. The reader didn't actually ask about hammerhead worms specifically, but she sent us a picture of what we are basically certain is a hammerhead worm, and then asked if she can fish with it. We'll first provide some basic information about these creatures, and then we'll move on to the more specific topic of fishing with hammerhead worms. Continue reading [...]
worm on head

Worm Crawling on Head

A reader sent us a question the other day about a worm, or what "seems to be a worm," that was found on her mother's head. The reader went through quite a bit of trouble to figure out what she found, researching online and consulting her notes from a zoology class, but she couldn't figure out what was on her mom's head. She therefore wrote to us, hoping that we might be able to help with the matter of identification. Continue reading [...]
carpet beetle larva in car

Worms in Carpet and Clothing

A reader wrote to us the other day about "carpet worms, carpet beetles, and possibly a moth worm" that she has seen moving in her carpet. The worms and beetles, which we'll define more precisely below, are also eating holes in her shirt and "causing" lint to build up. The infestation has gotten so bad that the reader feel pricks when she walks around the carpet. For obvious reasons, she wants to get of the worms and beetles she is finding, and she wrote to us for help. Continue reading [...]
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