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Grub-like, White Worms are Southern Lycus Beetle Larvae

“Please help me identify these”, writes Erin about the white, worm-like critters pictured below. “I was doing my weekly sweep and hand mop and found a bunch of these in the dining room by the window. I don’t see any place of entry and I do not know what they are. They have fat little bodies and a reddish brown face. They were all around my table on the floor, over a dozen.” Firstly, we just want to express our empathy with Erin: it really is an unpleasant surprise when you find creatures in your home that were not invited. Secondly, we want to thank her for the great photo she sent in. It really helps us narrow down the possible identifications.

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Tan Bugs in Toilet are Beetle Larvae

“Attached is a picture of the small tan insects that have a worm-like body, six legs and a black head”, states this reader in his submission regarding the organism pictured below. “They were floating in the toilet this morning and there is an exhaust fan directly above the toilet and may be the source of where they came from. Thanks.” Based on the photo, we think these are beetle larvae of some kind, as they typically have legs even at the larval stage. That said, we do not know exactly which species they belong to, but, in any case, beetle larvae are not harmful to humans or pets, so our reader need not worry about that.

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Orange Worm-like Critter Found on Bed is a Scarlet Malachite Beetle Larva

“I’m attaching a photo of an orange type of worm”, begins this reader in her submission about the six-legged creature pictured below. “I found one at the end of my bed sheets, one in between the slats of my window blind in the bathroom and three of them at different times in the kitchen. Two of the ones in the kitchen (only one found at a time) had crawled into my Brita water filter at the top near where the charcoal filter is. I had it sitting on the counter when I left the lid off. The other one was just crawling on a tea canister. These were all seen in a span of two-three weeks. They seem to be less than a half inch long. What are they? Thanks in advance for your help.”

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Extreme Dust Seemingly Spawns Plethora of Organisms in this Woman’s Home

“I have been living with extreme dust in a newly constructed complex”, writes this reader in her submission to us. She includes a plethora of images, three of which we have selected and included below. They seem to show pieces of matter and potential organisms of all shapes and sizes, ranging from white, translucent larvae-like organisms to a dark-colored beetle of some sort. “Last year they said I had carpet beetles, then case bearing moths, but things just keep getting worse and they are insisting that I have no pests and are imagining everything. I have spent so much money and time on this. My apartment is spotless and clean.”

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Segmented, Black Worm-like Critter with Spiky Rear and Huge Eyespots is Likely a Caterpillar

“What is this worm?” asks this reader about the segmented, black worm-like creature pictured below. “I can’t seem to find it on Google or anywhere. In another article, you described it as an intermediate hooded owlet moth caterpillar, but after examining the images it’s the same thing I found, and in person you can tell it’s not really a caterpillar.”

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Pink Worm with Forked Rear is a Soft-winged Flower Beetle Larva

“What type of worm/larva is this?” is all this reader asks in her submission. She refers to the pink worm-like creature pictured below, which possesses a darker, brown-colored head, and a similarly colored, forked rear.

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Pink Bugs with Six Legs and Spiky Rear are Scarlet Malachite Beetle Larvae

“Since we moved in, I’ve been seeing these bugs on walls that look like red worms with a black head”, states this reader in her submission. “Please help me identify the bug if you can, it would mean a lot. We just recently moved into a new house that we completely renovated before that, down to the brick and complete installations.”

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Many-legged, White Worm Found Inside Book is Likely a Beetle Larva

“Is this an inch worm or a bookworm (if that exists)?” asks this reader in his submission concerning the tiny, white worm-like creature pictured below. “It had legs (maybe 4-6) and as shown in the picture I found it in my book.”

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White Grub-like Larvae Fall from Ceiling and Crawl Along Bathroom Floor

“I found one of these crawling on my bathroom floor” states this reader about the glossy, white creature in the photograph below. Our reader’s husband reported that two more of these segmented critters fell from the ceiling and onto his chair.

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Reader Thanks Us with Cool Video of Palm Worm!

“Thank you so much for posting your pictures on the palm worm,” states this reader who found such a worm in her bathroom and kitchen table. After initially sending us a query about this worm and being worried about its presence in her home, she now reports no longer being concerned about it.

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Brown, Striped Organism at the Bottom of a Hamper is a Carpet Beetle Larva

“I found this at the bottom of my clothes hamper,” says this reader about the brown and white-striped organism pictured below. Although our reader does not pose any questions in her submission, we assume that she wants to know what this is and how to handle it.

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Pink Segmented Creature Found in Shower is a Millipede

“This critter was found on the top edge of a shower tile, where it meets the drywall” states this reader about the pink, segmented creature below. Our reader asks if this is a centipede larva, and we will do our best to answer him.

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Yellow-brown, Segmented Worms Found in Pool are Mealworms or Wireworms

“We started seeing an infestation of dead worms/worm-like creatures around the edge of part of the pool,” reports this reader in a small town outside Sacramento, California. The worms in question appear to have segmented, yellowish bodies, and have small legs protruding from one end of their bodies.

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Brown and White-speckled Bug with Six Forelegs and a Pronged Rear is a Beetle Larva

“What type of worm or bug is this?” asks this reader in her query concerning the brown and white, speckled bug in the photograph below. Our reader found it on top of her bed cover, and we will do our best to identify this critter for our reader.

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Black, Hairlike Organisms Cause Welts on Woman’s Skin; What Resources She Can Use to Find Help

A woman in Sydney, Australia recently moved house and has been finding all sorts of bugs and creatures in her home, including the organism pictured below. She describes it as a “little, black hairlike thing” and she has found it all over her house; she wonders what it might be and seeks our answers.

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Glossy, Black, Segmented Worm-like Creature with Pincers is a Beetle Larva

“I saw this worm in the den on the carpet at my parents house” says this reader about the black, segmented worm-like creature pictured below. Our reader, who is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, asks if we can tell him what it is.

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Two Kinds of Mealworms Found by Reader Who Wonders What Species They Belong To

“I have two kinds of mealworms” says this reader, “one is small, the others are larger”. He provides no photographs of the worms but asks “what kind are they?”

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Black Blister Beetle Found Stuck on Tape

“I found this bug that apparently got stuck on the tape and died as it is not moving,” says this reader in Buffalo, New York. “I think it might be a […] black blister beetle but I’m not certain so I was hoping that you could help.”

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Worm Found in Bedding is Actually an Immature Carpet Beetle Larva

“I found this worm in my bedding” says this reader about the virtually featureless, beige worm-like creature with subtle segmentation and miniature bristles. This article will aim to answer our reader’s question of what this “worm” is.

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Speckled-Brown Bug with Pincers is Either an Earwig or Beetle Larva

“Can you identify this fast-moving, worm-type bug?” asks this reader in California who found such a bug on her white linen bed sheet when she was making the bed. The bug is brown in color, with six legs, antennae, and a pair of pincer-like appendages at its long, segmented rear.