A reader emailed us about some worms that she found in her kitchen cupboard where she keeps her tea. She said these worms had made a type of web in the cupboard. She did tell us that she lives in British Columbia and in September it is very hot and dry there. She is very concerned to know what these worms are. After looking at the photo that she sent to us, we believe that they are a type of inchworm.
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It is not rare to find inchworms in the home. The term inchworm could refer to quite a few different species. There are over 35,000 species of inchworms and we think our reader has at least one type in her home. Because we cannot see the worms as closely as we would like to, we cannot clearly identify which type of inchworms they are.
One type of inchworm produces a type of silk web. This could be the type of web that our reader found in her kitchen cupboard. These types of inchworms do live in North America and they do have a tendency to show up in very large numbers, much like our reader’s worms.
Inchworms are larvae of moths and they often get into homes because a moth came into that home and laid eggs. They could have also come in on her clothing or the clothing of someone else that entered the house. Inchworms are not afraid to crawl on human skin or clothing.
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In summary, our reader found a type of worm in her home making a type of web. She was curious to know what type of worms these are. We think these are most likely a type of inchworm, but we are unsure of the exact species.