“We have black mold and have had beetles, but no bed bugs or anything”, writes this reader in her submission. “But I also found a white worm-like thing in my ear and now this is what my leg looks like. I will send both pictures. Also these little black dots in my wife’s hair.” Our reader sent in multiple photos, two of which we have included below. The first shows the black mold growing in her home, and the second shows her leg, which she reports is a consequence of finding a “white worm-like thing” in her ear. The photos we did not include showed another picture of the mold, and a picture of our reader’s wife’s hair, though the “little black dots” were not visible in the photo.
There are a couple of things we want to address here, but the most important thing we need to stress is that our reader should be contacting professionals for each of these issues. Firstly, with regard to the mold, that is something only a professional can help her with. Not only are we not experts on mold, but dealing with a mold problem can be difficult on your own, especially if the mold has spread a significant amount. Typically, one can deal with a little bit of mold by themselves, but larger amounts should be dealt with by a professional. In any case, even if our reader feels confident enough to deal with this mold on her own, we recommend she seek guidance elsewhere for how to do so, as our advice on that front would not be worth much.
Secondly, with regard to the beetles she has found, it would be hard to identify these given that our reader did not include any pictures of them. What we can say is that fungus beetles are a species of beetle which is attracted to mold and feeds on it. So, it is possible that the black mold is attracting the beetles she is finding in her home. Likewise, we will also say that beetle larvae do not crawl into people’s ears or leave black dots in people’s hair, so whatever is causing that is not the beetles.
That brings us to the final thing we want to address: the white ‘ear worm’ and the black dots. Given that our reader has suggested that the white worms are negatively affecting her health, we will unfortunately not be able to identify the worm. This is because we are not medical professionals, and only a medical professional is qualified and legally able to identify organisms which impact people’s health. The reason for that is because identifying organisms like that, such as a parasite, is tantamount to providing a diagnosis. We recommend that our reader consult a medical parasitologist, as they specialize in treating ailments caused by other organisms. To find one, our reader can do one or more of the following:
– Visit our parasite care resources page here: https://www.allaboutworms.com/get-medical-attention-and-tests-for-parasites
– Search for a medical parasitologist in their area using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory.
– Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”.
With regard to the black dots, it is not clear if our reader considers this a health threat, but given that we could not see anything in the photo, we would recommend that our reader’s wife also consult a medical professional about this.
In conclusion, we are unable to identify the beetles due to the lack of any photos of them, though they could be fungus beetle due to the presence of mold. Likewise, we cannot identify the white worms due to the medical nature of this situation, and our reader would be much better off having a medical parasitologist look into the issue. We hope nonetheless that we were able to help to some extent, and we wish our reader, as well as her wife, the very best!
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