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Stripey Red Worm in Toilet in Scotland is a Red Wiggler

A long stripey, red worm was found in a toilet in Southern Scotland by this reader on the first floor of his home. He wonders if we can tell him what it is. Continue reading [...]

Long, Striped Worm in Toilet is a Red Wriggler

A worm was found in the toilet of this reader, alive, and she wonders if we could help identify it for her as she is "freaked" out. The worm in question appears to be red in color, with segmented stripes, and a long, smooth body. Continue reading [...]
Worm in the Shower

Canadian Worms Can Take A Shower Too

One of our Canadian readers' two-year-old son and her husband had just finished up a shower when they found this worm in the tub. They'd had a shallow bath at one point, after which her husband had taken the shower head down and thoroughly sprayed down the tub, walls, etc. and there was nothing in the tub at that point. After they were done and ready to get out, this was crawling in the bottom of the tub at the opposite end from the drain. From what we're provided, it appears to be an annelid, perhaps a bloodworm but likely an earthworm that rode in on one of the bathers or perhaps found its way into the tub when Dad pulled the shower head out of the wall mount to spray the surround clean. No object or measurement has been included to determine scale but we will estimate this creature Continue reading [...]
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What Happens to Worms in Hurricane and Flood Weather?

As Hurricane Matthew moves off the east coast of the United States leaving flood waters behind, communities are reeling. Did you ever wonder what happens to worms when it floods? We know that when it rains, earthworms come to the surface to help regulate their breathing for migration overland. As worms don't have lungs, they breathe through their skin, and in order to do so they need moisture. The temporary wet conditions after rain allows them to move greater distances across the soil. Because they don't have lungs, earthworms can't drown like people do, either. So it's good that earthworms can survive underwater for several days. But do earthworms ever come up in standing or running water, and if so, what do they do? Earthworms and other invertabrates negotiate the rising and falling Continue reading [...]

Eradicating Red Worms From Your Home

We just heard from a reader who seeks advice on keeping red worms from entering her home in Central Florida. Continue reading [...]

Reader Discovers Red Wigglers in Landfill

We recently heard from a reader in British Columbia who continues to find some interesting worms after it rains. We can see from the picture that the worm is very long, red, and has yellow stripes (or segments) lining its body. He said that he has lived all over different parts of Canada and has only had encounters with this creature when living in Victoria. What could this be? Continue reading [...]
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