We recently received a rather cryptic message from one of our readers. She explained that she discovered two worms. The first she described as “a dark fat but small type of white worm.” The second worm was “very small and looked almost like a baby of the first worm.” She wrote that she popped the first worm and white goo came out of it. She requested, “please tell me if this is dangerous.”
Our first point of confusion stems from her description of the specimens. To describe the first worm she used both the word “dark” and the word “white.” These descriptions are basically opposites, so we are having a difficult time visualizing the creature, especially without a photo to rely on. She might have meant that the organism was off-white, but we don’t know. Besides this unclear reference to color and knowing the worms were fat and small, we don’t know anything else about the appearance of these specimens. We don’t know if they have segmented bodies, distinctive heads, legs, antennae, or any other appendages.
We are also puzzled about what exactly her question is. Is she asking if the white goo that came out of the worm is dangerous? Is she asking if popping worms is a dangerous activity? Is she curious if the worms are dangerous in general? If we had to guess, we assume she is curious about if the worms are dangerous in general. To address that, we would have to know what type of worm she is dealing with. We don’t have enough information to identify the creatures, so we don’t know for sure if they are dangerous or not. However, we doubt the worms are dangerous. Most of the worm-like organisms our readers deal with are not dangerous, and getting rid of them just requires cleaning. We also want to discourage her from popping worms. While it likely isn’t a dangerous activity, it definitely isn’t a very nice one!
Finally, we don’t know where she specifically found these worms. We assume she found them in her home, but where does she live? And in what room of her home? These details can be super helpful since certain worms are only found in specific geographic locations and some worms tend to be found in bathrooms, while others are usually discovered in kitchens, bedrooms, basements, etc. Without this information, more details about the appearance of the worms, or a photo, we cannot identify the specimens.
Today we responded to a reader’s message about two worms she discovered. Due to the limited information provided, we were unable to identify these worms or fully answer our reader’s question.