“I have been finding these little things crawling up my rough patio wall and my patio floor,” writes Kelli in central California about the brown, worm-like animal pictured below. “Also, they’ve been trying to get in the door. I would like to know what they are called and how to get rid of them. So far, ten tons of salt doesn’t kill them: they crawl through it. And are they harmful to my little Yorkie terrier and to humans? The pictures I’ve included are magnified so that you can see exactly what they look like. They are anywhere from 1/2 an inch to approximately one inch in length. They are very thin (thinner than a branch from a tree). I didn’t notice until I took a picture that one of them has a lot of legs like a millipede. But their actions don’t appear to be as explained. Also, they crawl a little faster than a slug. They come out no matter if it’s nice and sunny, cold, rainy and wet, or morning, noon or night. They also curl up in an almost circle when you sweep them. Please help me identify them, and tell me how to get rid of them once and for all, as well as if they are poisonous to pets and humans. By the way, I have no plant matter on my patio to my apartment, but the grounds do have trees, bushes, and some plants and wood chips. I love in central California and want to enjoy my patio! Thank you.”
“My mother lives in northern Michigan and her garage has become infested with (what she has been told are) black worms”, writes John about the pile of what does look like black worms. “I have included two pictures. For the past two weeks, she has been clearing the worms out of her garage at least three times per day. Each time, she is able to fill 1-2 dustpans full of the worms. They are located primarily along the walls of the garage. Can you please let me know what these worms are exactly? And, can you let me know how I can help my mom get rid of the worms (and prevent them from coming back)? Thank you!”
“I found this worm in our bathroom,” writes Christina from Texas. She refers to the long, yellow creature pictured below, of which she also sends an excellent video of it slithering around. “It has no legs but it does have two antennae. It’s flipping and slithering like a parasite. Please help. What is it? Thank you.” From the photo and the video, we would say that this organism best resembles a centipede. Centipedes are infamous for their many pairs of legs which sprout from the sides of their bodies, which make a lot of people fearful of them. Because of these many legs, all of which move in unison, they can appear to be slithering over surfaces, especially when their legs are as thin as this one’s, making the legs hard to see with the naked eye.
“I found this under my bed when moving it. It was dried up and about 1-2 inches long”, states this reader about the blackish-brown organism pictured below. “Can you let me know what type of worm this is, if it is one?”
“When I tried to decapitate it with my thumbnail, it appeared to curl like a scorpion and a tiny stinger appeared on the tail!” exclaims this reader in his submission regarding an organism of a “dark color” he found. “What could it be?”
“Can millipedes/centipedes survive in the human body?!” exclaims this reader in her submission. She asks with regard to the centipede-like creature she happened to spit out when brushing her teeth.
“What kind of worm is this?” wonders one of our readers, who recently sent in a photograph of this dark goliath. The creature in question appears to be black/dark brown in color, with a long, segmented body, a bulbous head with pincers on either side, a forked tail and many, many legs.
A reader recently sent in a query about finding live, big worms in her small, ground-floor apartment in Florida, as well as very small and thin worms that follow them inside. The smaller worms are apparently about an inch in length, “a drop thicker than a needle”, and tannish in color.