Today we received an excellent photo of a black millipede beside a penny, and the photo was accompanied by one simple question: what is this? Presumably, the reader didn’t know that he found a millipede, so we have more or less answered his question, but we’ll say a couple of more things about millipedes below, and also explain why we think he found millipedes.
A while ago a reader wrote to us about some brown and black worms she is finding all over her apartment, including on her tile floor and the rug in her bedroom, as well as on the walls of her house. When they die, the worms “curl into a circle.” The reader refers to the worms in quotes, indicating that she is using the term loosely, and we think she is right in doing this, as it seems she is finding millipedes. However, the reader anticipated this suggestion, and said that she thinks the creatures she is finding are too skinny to be millipedes. So, below we explore our reader’s situation in more depth, trying to decipher if she found millipedes or something else.
A reader from Indiana wrote to us a while ago about some black “worms” she is finding in her house. We think the black worms are in fact black millipedes, so we’ll use that word from now on. The black millipedes (or “nearly black” millipedes, as the reader has it) are in her house, which is why they are a source of concern and frustration. The reader has already tried to get rid of the millipedes, but so far to no avail. The reader asked several questions, but she is most concerned with getting rid of the millipedes (i.e., removing the millipedes from her house), so we’ll focus on this question and touch on her other concerns as we go along.
A reader wrote to us recently about the small, black worms she is finding in and around her garage door at night. She claims to be finding “hundreds” of worms, so she is clearly having some trouble with these creatures. In addition to the adjectives small and black, the reader describes the worms as “round,” by which we think she means their bodies are cylindrical, or perhaps the creatures are curled up. If the entire bodies of the worms are round, one probably wouldn’t suspect them to be worms. As a matter of fact, though, our reader probably isn’t finding worms; rather, she seems to be finding millipedes, a common household pest. So, the small, black “worms” our reader is finding are in fact small, black millipedes, or so we posit.
Earlier this week, we received a picture of what looks to be a millipede – a long, black millipede, more precisely. Or at least it appears to be long because its body is about ten times as long as it is wide. The reader merely asked what kind of “worm” it is, so the short answer to this question is simply that it is not a worm at all, but rather a millipede. Why do we think this long, black creature is a millipede instead of, say, a centipede (and what are the differences between millipedes and centipedes anyway)? How can we tell it is millipede and not some type of worm? Are there worms with legs at all?