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Black Soldier Fly Larvae Found Roaming this Man’s Home

A number of worms have been crawling about this reader's home, who suspects they are coming from under his washing machine. He wonders what exactly these gray, segmented worms are, and if they are dangerous. Continue reading [...]
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What Happens if You Eat A Worm?

One of our readers thinks she may have accidentally eaten a worm-infested chocolate candy. She was worried about the worm growing inside her or causing symptoms. Continue reading [...]
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Tiny Black Worm Discovered in Candy

We recently heard from a concerned mom about a worm she found in her kids’ candy. She said they accidentally ate the lollipops before they noticed the worm, and now she is worried it might be a parasite. She didn’t include the brandname of the aforementioned candy. Continue reading [...]
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Phoenix Worms that Smell Bad: Are the Safe to Feed your Animals?

Recently we received a question about Phoenix Worms, the trademarked name for black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) that are used for animal feed, that would be indecipherable to an average person. However, having answered hundreds of questions about larvae and worms over the past few years, we have amassed enough knowledge to intuitively grasp most questions, however lacking in relevant details they may be. In this instance, a reader wrote to us to say that she has some Phoenix Worms that smell like bleach, and she is wondering if they are "ok to use." We were also informed that she had "taken the dead out." If this seems like a series of incomplete, disjointed thoughts, it's because it is, but we actually know exactly what the reader is talking about. She recently acquired Phoenix Worms to feed to her pets, but they smell strange, so she is wondering if they are safe to feed her pets, and all she has done so far is remove the dead worms from the container they were shipped in. So, the question before us is this: are phoenix worms that smell bad safe to feed to your animals? Continue reading [...]

Dogs Eating Grubs: Is this Harmful or Dangerous?

A few days ago we received a question through the All About Worms Facebook page from a reader whose dog had recently eaten several grubs, or beetle larvae. ("Grub" is a generic term that could theoretically refer to any of the hundreds of thousands of species of beetle larva, but it is often used by people to refer to the fat, white larvae on their lawns - "lawn grubs" - in particular.) The reader was made aware of her dog's recent dietary choices after she (the dog) threw up grubs all over her back porch. (What is more disgusting than vomit? Larvae-filled vomit.) Not surprisingly, the reader was wondering if it is harmful or dangerous for dogs to eat grubs, which we now turn our attention to. Continue reading [...]
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What Are Good Worms for Animal Feed?

A reader wrote to us about the prospect of rearing worms to make animal feed, evidently for farm animals. (The reader mentioned poultry, dairy cows, and sheep.) He wants to know the best worms to rear for this purpose, and he is also looking for information about how to get a worm-rearing operation going. Continue reading [...]
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