“Please help!” exclaims this reader regarding the black worm-like creature pictured below. “Found these things all on our bed when we got home from a two week vacation. Mind you, we have three dogs. So, the house is a constant battle for fur. I have no clue what it is as I’ve never had a problem like this before.” Now, if it was not for the picture, we would have identified these as flea larvae or clothes moth larvae, just based on the context. That would have made sense given the fact that our reader has a dog and they were found on a bed (as both creatures will eat loose fur and hair, and other materials found on a bed).
Now, we also assume that only the thicker object in the photo is the worm our reader is wondering about. Right next to it is another, thinner object, that looks like a long strand of hair, but we do not know if our reader purposefully included it in the photo and is implying that she thinks this too is a worm. In any case, the photo is quite blurry, and we can’t make out any identifying information about the worm, other than its coloration and general shape. So, the information we can give is limited to educated guesses as to its identity (which will not be 100% certain or accurate), and general advice.
In our opinion, since this does not resemble any of the typical clothes or fur-eating pests that would have invaded home with dogs in it, we would say it’s likely that these are the larvae of some bug that laid its eggs on or near our reader’s bed, hence the large number of them. For example, it is not uncommon for caterpillars to migrate together from plant to plant, and end up in someone’s home as they pass over it. In any case, we recommend that our reader move these critters outside on a dustpan (to avoid physical contact given their unknown identity), vacuum her home properly, and wash her bed sheets. If she still finds more of these, then we suggest either sending clearer pictures to us, or taking them to her local county extension office to be identified. Additionally, if she is at all worried about her dog’s health in connection to these creatures, she should take her dogs to the vet.
To conclude, we cannot say for certain what these worms are that our reader found on her bed, because the photo is too blurry. Our best bet is that they are insect larvae that hatched in the time our reader was away. We hope this helps, and we wish her, and her dogs, the very best!
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