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Posted in Interesting Worms Marine Worms

Ragworms May Be Planting Gardens so They Can Enjoy the Harvests

Every gardener has seen worms and larvae living alongside their plants. Unfortunately, most gardeners have also had to deal with…

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Posted in Interesting Worms Worms Found in the House

Man May Have Mold-Eating Larvae in His Room

Today we will try to help a reader who is having some issues with black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) in his room. At least, he thinks that is their species. He has included a photograph.

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Posted in Bristle Worms Gross Worms Worms Found in the House

Red Creature Staining Carpet is a Bloody Mystery

A woman in the United Kingdom has written to us with a rather odd query. She has found something that…

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Posted in Worms Found in the House

Mold in House is More Worrying than Larvae

A woman wrote asked us about some creatures she found about in her bathroom. She says that she vacuumed two days ago. She also mentions that she is experiencing a mold problem in her bathroom.

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Posted in Caterpillars Garden Worms Worms Found in the House

Larvae in Laundry Room Remain Unidentified

Recently, we received several amazing photographs of a couple of creatures. Our reader, who submitted them, says that he found…

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Posted in Caterpillars

How a Caterpillar or Larvae becomes a Butterfly, Beetle, or Other Adult

Here at All About Worms we spend most of our time discussing creatures that are not worms. Most of the questions we get from readers are about larvae and caterpillars (a caterpillar is the larval form of a moth or butterfly).

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Posted in Caterpillars Interesting Bugs

What is an Instar?

We often use the term “instar” when discussing larvae and caterpillars. Today, we are going to discuss instars in depth,…

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Posted in Slugs Worms Generally

Dead Black Creature is Probably a Slug

We received some very interesting pictures from a man who found a creature in his living room. The critter appeared to be dried out and dead. It was about 1.25” (~3.2cm) long. Its body was black in color, though its underside was brown. The interesting thing is that it has two or three hook-like appendages around its mouth. He has scoured the internet, but has not been able to identify it.

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To Get Rid of Centipedes, Take Away Their Food!

Today, we will discuss a question from a reader who would like to know how to eradicate centipedes in her home. The good news is that centipedes do not tend to swarm or invade in large groups. This means it is not usually difficult to control local centipede populations.

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Posted in Worms Found in the House

Case Bearing Moth Larva Found On Wall

A reader wrote to us freaked out by a teeny-tiny visitor she found in her house. First, she saw a strange thing on her wall, near the ceiling. It looked like a bit of fluff or debris, but then it moved. She took a picture for us:

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Creatures in Pram May be Sawfly Larvae

A worried mother wrote to us from Melbourne, Australia. She is concerned because she has found some worms or larvae in her baby’s pram (stroller). The creatures move quite quickly and are about 2mm (a bit less than 1/10”) long. She would like to know what they are, if she should be worried for her baby’s health, and where they came from.

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Posted in Caterpillars Garden Worms Tomato Worm

The Best Way to Remove Caterpillars from Your Trees and Plants

We get many questions from worried readers who have seen caterpillars on trees or plants. For the most part, these creatures aren’t causing any real harm and can be left alone. However, some species can be quite destructive and should be removed for the health of the plant.

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Posted in Interesting Worms Worms Found in the House

“Worms with Shells” are Case-bearing Moth Larvae

Today, we will discuss an email from a woman who has found an unusual creature in her room. She describes the creature as being less than an inch long. She also says that it has a single black line around that head, which she describes as black or dark brown. The oddest thing, she says, is that seems to be carrying some sort of shell with it. This shell appears to be hairy and looks a bit like a cocoon.

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Posted in Garden Worms Inch Worms Interesting Worms Silk Worms

“Silk Cream White Worms” May be Inchworms

A man recently wrote to us wondering why he finds “silk cream white worms” in his yard and room after it rains. He did not include any other information or photographs.

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Posted in Gross Worms Interesting Worms Parasite Worms Round Worms

Yes, There are Worms that Can Live in the Human Stomach

We received a question from a curious woman who is wondering if there are worms that can live in our…

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Posted in Earthworms

Worm Found in Toilet is Harmless Earthworm

Today, we are going to address concern from a woman who found this creature in her toilet: She was kind…

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Posted in Grub Worms Worms Found in the House

Worm Found in Bed Actually Harmless Larva or ‘Grub’

A female reader wrote to use having found a critter in her bed. Typically, when we get a letter about a creature in someone’s bed, it turns out to be a carpet beetle larva. So, imagine our surprise when this one wasn’t.

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Posted in Drain Fly Larvae Worms Found in the House Worms Generally

Worm found in Toilet Nothing to Worry About

A worried reader wrote to us about a creature that she found in her toilet. She describes it as being quite small, perhaps 2 cm (<1/10”) in length. She notes that it was moving around when she saw it. She asks if it is a drain fly larva, or perhaps a pin worm. She has included a picture, which shows that it is a very small creature, indeed.

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Posted in Gross Worms Morgellons Disease Parasite Worms

Mother and Daughter May Have Symptoms of Morgellons Disease

We received a rather heart-breakingly desperate letter from a mother who is worried about herself and her 2-year-old daughter. They live in Walker County, AL and she is convinced that they are both infested by worms or another parasite. The symptoms she lists include:

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Posted in Carpet Beetle Larvae

Carpet Beetle Larva Found in Bed. Man says, “Ick!”

Today, we will address a question from a man who found a rather unwelcome bedmate amongst his sheets. He snapped…