Goo-like Organism with Possible Connection to Overflowing Well Causes Concerns about Parasites

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“Can you identify this as a worm and if so, what species?” asks Kim about the gooey, strand of matter pictured below. “I picked it up, put it in a container and soaked it in tea tree oil to hopefully kill it if it was a living thing. Have found these on the floor in my Central Florida mobile home that has a well and that has had some stopped-up septic problems and overflows. Could either be the cause? I will also add that we are in a rural area and we have, or have had in the past, cats, dogs, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits; we fed out a wild boar twice. I would like to know your opinion on the type of whatever this may be, and maybe even the potential host if it is a parasite so I can pinpoint the area and treat it and the tenant on its rented acre of land. We are in a wooded area of twelve acres. Don’t know if it was carried in the home or, like I mentioned, a result of the septic issue. The other “samples” looked like they could have been stepped on. Oh, and I should mention that my cat stares at the floor because she can see something we cannot. She refuses to walk in certain areas and bolts through, jumping as fast and far as her pudgy little self can go, to avoid these spaces. I have sent as many photos as I have and tried to take different vantage points for you. Thanks again for your considerable help.”

There is a lot to unpack here. First off, we appreciate the plethora of pictures, from which we chose the best one below. A sharp photo taken in good lighting such as this one give us the best impression of the organism, and it helps us identify it. Secondly, we likewise appreciate the wealth of context here, as it gives us an excellent picture of where the worm-like critter was found and what it might be doing there. Kim points out that she lives in a rural area and has had a lot of animals on her property, and that definitely does attract more bugs and worm-like creatures, as well as parasites. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm or deny if these are parasites as we are not medical professionals, and only a medical professional is qualified and legally able to identify parasites, given the health risk they pose and the symptoms they cause when they infect a host.

If Kim wants her animals checked for parasites, she should contact a vet. Likewise, if she wants to check herself, or any other person of interest, we recommend consulting a medical parasitologist. To find one, Kim can do one or more of the following:
1) 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.
2) 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)”.
3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting.com.
We should note that Dr. Amin is available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of his physical offices to get help!

Now, if it turns out that these are not parasites, we would still have a hard time identifying exactly what this is. It does not seem to have a uniform shape, or any discernible facial characteristics. It looks like a string of animal fat, or a pile of goo. Kim asks if the septic problems with the well could have anything to do with the discovery of this object, and it definitely could. Wells are breeding grounds for all kinds of insects and worms, particularly those that feed on decaying organic matter, like midge fly larvae, and that is because a well is filled with stagnant water, which attracts such creatures. If this well is overflowing, then it might be pushing up all kinds of things to the surface, like what Kim found. Whether it is an actual organism, a part of an organism, or something else is a mystery, but it definitely could be coming from the well.

Wells should be checked for water quality at least once a year, though more often is ideal if there are problems, which there are in Kim’s case. And this is because all kinds of things can live in and infect well water, and if that water is being drunk by the people in the area, then their health is potentially at risk. Kim might want to check out the CDC’s “webpage on well maintenance“, which provides resources for scheduling maintenance checks.

Lastly, when it comes to her cat staring at the floor, this just sounds like typical cat behaviour to us, though maybe that is because we have seen too many cat videos on the internet. Some claim that cats can see ghosts or spirits, if Kim believes in that kind of thing, and that they will avoid rooms which are haunted. Of course, that would have nothing to do with the discovery of the organisms Kim is asking about. And we haven’t heard of cats being scared by insects or worms that are undetectable to the naked (human) eye.

In conclusion, we are not entirely sure what Kim found, given its lack of identifiable, physical characteristics. She is correct in saying that it could have a connection to the overflowing well, or indeed to her animals that live on the property. However, we would not be at liberty to confirm if these are parasites infecting her animals or herself, as we are not medical professionals. We recommend that she contact professionals to check the well, and that she contact medical professionals if she is worried about a parasitic infection. We hope this helps, and we wish her, and her animals, the very best.

 

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Goo-like Organism with Possible Connection to Overflowing Well Causes Concerns about Parasites
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Goo-like Organism with Possible Connection to Overflowing Well Causes Concerns about Parasites
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"Can you identify this as a worm and if so, what species?" asks Kim about the gooey, strand of matter pictured below. "I picked it up, put it in a container and soaked it in tea tree oil to hopefully kill it if it was a living thing. Have found these on the floor in my Central Florida mobile home that has a well and that has had some stopped-up septic problems and overflows. Could either be the cause? I will also add that we are in a rural area and we have, or have had in the past, cats, dogs, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits; we fed out a wild boar twice. I would like to know your opinion on the type of whatever this may be, and maybe even the potential host if it is a parasite so I can pinpoint the area and treat it and the tenant on its rented acre of land. We are in a wooded area of twelve acres. Don't know if it was carried in the home or, like I mentioned, a result of the septic issue. The other "samples" looked like they could have been stepped on. Oh, and I should mention that my cat stares at the floor because she can see something we cannot. She refuses to walk in certain areas and bolts through, jumping as fast and far as her pudgy little self can go, to avoid these spaces. I have sent as many photos as I have and tried to take different vantage points for you. Thanks again for your considerable help."
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Author: Worm Researcher Anton

2 thoughts on “Goo-like Organism with Possible Connection to Overflowing Well Causes Concerns about Parasites

  1. Thank you for your tireless work educating about worms and not-worms on this cute and charming website. Keep on wiggling, Worm Researcher Anton!

  2. Yes it does has everything to do with your well. Ive had a similar experience living in the redwoods with unknowingly non potable water being lined into the house. The comma shape is familiar. Ive done some research and i have no idea what to believe anymore. I do know that it makes me feel very uncomfortable in a way that is hard to describe. [email protected]

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