We just heard from a distressed reader who sporadically comes across tiny brown colored worms in her shower ever since there was a blizzard. She said two of the times they were on a damp washcloth, which is a clue that they probably gravitate towards moisture. She describes them as half an inch long, and from the photo we can infer that they are segmented and have numerous thin legs. She hopes we can inform her the species of this worm and advise her on how to keep them from appearing in her shower.
We instantly recognize this organism as a millipede, which is technically an arthropod and not a worm.
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Millipedes live deep in moist soil, yet sometimes they find their way into a home or on a patio or lawn after heavy weather events, like a rainstorm or a blizzard. Since indoor environments aren’t wet enough for millipedes to thrive in, they might search for moisture and end up in the bathroom or kitchen. Our reader shouldn’t stress about the presence of these creatures too much, as they do no damage and won’t reproduce in the unappealing habitat that is a dry human household.
Since she has discovered these arthropods on multiple occasions, they are likely sneaking in through a crack on a door or window frame. She should check the weather stripping on her doors and windows and fix any discrepancies. If she is able to locate the entrance point and seal it, she won’t have to deal with finding these millipedes anymore.
To end, since a blizzard hit, a reader has been finding small brown worms in her bathroom. We are confident that these are millipedes.
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