Someone recently commented on our page “I have worms in my house but they look pinkish and I don’t know what to do?” This was the entire comment, so there is clearly a lot of information missing. We don’t know the size, shape, behavior, or quantity of worms. We don’t have a picture so we cannot determine if they mean pinkish as in almost red but lighter, or almost white but with a darker hue (The picture featured with this article is of a pink worm that a different reader found.) Finally, we don’t know where in the house these worm were discovered. Were they hiding in the kitchen pantry? In the toilet bowl? Near a window or door?
Most of our posts are from readers who discover worms in their home and are then curious about what type of worms these are. It is easiest for us to identify the creatures found when we have photo evidence, or when readers provide a very detailed description that leaves little to the imagination. This is not the case for this particular comment.
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The most common “pinkish” worm that readers find in their homes is an earthworm. However, earthworms can vary significantly in color from a dark brown to light purple and everything in between. We are hesitant to suggest this is what he found since we have so little to base our identification on. However, we will say that what he found might be an earthworm. It also might be a large handful of other various worm or worm-like organisms.
We can tell our reader that he should start with giving his house a thorough cleaning. This should include sweeping, vacuuming, scrubbing, and making sure that the vents, windows, and doors of his home are properly sealed and functioning. If he cleans and continues to find worms in his home, there might be more to the issue. We invite him to send us in a photo of these “pinkish worms” or to send us a description with much more detail than color.
In conclusion, a reader commented on our site that he found some “pinkish worms” in his home. There are many potential worms that could fit this description, so we don’t feel we have enough information to make a solid identification.
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