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Worms Found While Dog Sitting Could be Inchworms, but Parasite-related Concerns are Raised

“Could you possibly help identify this worm/larvae?” asks Gabby in her submission regarding the minuscule, darkly-colored creature pictured below. “I read an article which seems like something similar to what I experienced, but you were unable to identify the worm in that article with the information given. I’m dog sitting this weekend and therefore spending a bit more time in the backyard/ back porch which is cement and siding with a wooden table, and the dogs are on the couches and rugs inside. A day after the dogs arrived we started feeling like something was on us. We even thought we felt a bite once or twice (to be fair we have not seen any actual bites, only felt like something was on us and bit us). At first we thought it was fleas but we never saw any fleas on us or the dogs or the furniture. I finally saw this shortly after coming in from taking them on a potty break. I actually found two of them on my arm and one on the end of a strand of hair. I have not found any more of these on myself, blankets, furniture, or the dogs. My original thought was a baby tapeworm? But I haven’t seen any more in the house or on the animals so I started thinking maybe it was something outside that I carried in. Could you please help? I’m worried about my family and my mothers “other children”: her dogs. Thank you. PS: I apologize my camera has lines in it. It’s the best I could do.”

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String-looking Worm in Stream is a Horsehair Worm

“I was wondering if the white, string-looking thing in the attached video was some kind of worm”, writes this reader about the creature pictured below. “I saw it in a bucket of dirt/rocks I’d brought home from a stream in South Dakota. They were visibly moving in the water but shriveled up quickly after taking out and putting it on a rock. Thanks for the help.” Based on the context, as well as the excellent photo and video, we would say it is possible that this is some type of worm. The only thing that has us questioning this is the video: the way that worm is blowing in the wind as if it’s a dry noodle seems a bit odd. We’re not sure a worm would be blown about quite so easily in the wind, even if it was dried out. But then again, we haven’t had a lot of experience with dried worms blowing around in the wind, so who are we to say?

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Goo-like Organism with Possible Connection to Overflowing Well Causes Concerns about Parasites

“Can you identify this as a worm and if so, what species?” asks Kim about the gooey, strand of matter pictured below. “I picked it up, put it in a container and soaked it in tea tree oil to hopefully kill it if it was a living thing. Have found these on the floor in my Central Florida mobile home that has a well and that has had some stopped-up septic problems and overflows. Could either be the cause? I will also add that we are in a rural area and we have, or have had in the past, cats, dogs, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits; we fed out a wild boar twice. I would like to know your opinion on the type of whatever this may be, and maybe even the potential host if it is a parasite so I can pinpoint the area and treat it and the tenant on its rented acre of land. We are in a wooded area of twelve acres. Don’t know if it was carried in the home or, like I mentioned, a result of the septic issue. The other “samples” looked like they could have been stepped on. Oh, and I should mention that my cat stares at the floor because she can see something we cannot. She refuses to walk in certain areas and bolts through, jumping as fast and far as her pudgy little self can go, to avoid these spaces. I have sent as many photos as I have and tried to take different vantage points for you. Thanks again for your considerable help.”

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Gooey Organisms in Sink Aerator are a Mystery

“I found these in the aerator of my bathroom sink”, writes Clifton in his submission regarding the gooey-looking creature pictured below. “The pictures are after they were not noticed and the aerator was placed in boiling water: due to a boiling advisory by the city. So the color may be different than when they were alive. Someone else found the same ones in their faucet and they claimed they were tapeworm larvae.” To start with, we want to thank Clifton for the excellent photo. Usually, such a photo, which is as crisp as this one, helps us identify the organisms we are looking at. In this case, it just shows us in greater detail that we have no idea what we are looking at.

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Brown Worm Causes Concern About Pet Parasites

“Does this look like a dog or cat parasite?” asks Lee about the oddly-shaped, brown, worm-like creature pictured below. “I found it on my bedroom rug. It’s about a 1/4-inch long and is unaffected by touch or heat.” Now, we have to say right off the bat that we will not be able to confirm or deny if this is a cat or dog parasite. The reason for this is because whenever parasites are involved, or even suspected of being involved, the situation becomes medical in nature. Since we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified or legally able to identify parasites, given the health risks they pose. Doing so would be tantamount to providing a diagnosis, which only a medical professional, in this case a vet, would be qualified to do.

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Long, Dark Worm in Sink Could be a Horsehair Worm

“I found this worm on my sink, what is it?” is all Shelley writes in her submission regarding the long, thin, dark-colored worm pictured below. Unfortunately, the photo is of a poor resolution, and the lighting is also poor, meaning that it is impossible for us to make out the finer details of the creature’s physical characteristics. Because of this, it becomes very difficult for us to identify the organism based on its appearance, and without any context, it becomes virtually impossible.

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Pink Worms with Hooks at their Rears Invade Dog Owner’s Motel Room

“What kind of worms/centipede are these?” asks Cyndi in her submission regarding the small, pinkish worm-like creatures pictured below. They seem to possess claw-like appendages jutting out from their rears. “I found them on the bathroom floor under my towel,” she continues. “I had given dogs a bath the previous day with flea and tick medicine in the shampoo. Not sure if they came off the dogs when they were alive. They were very flat, centipede-looking, and very fast. I am staying at a motel currently so I’m not sure if it’s some kind of disease-infested bed bug-type thing or what. Please help me identify these.”

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Man Plagued by Parasitic Worms Seeks Help

“So I got a rental home in Glendale, AZ, and the first month me and my family were fine”, starts this reader in his submission regarding the long, thin, black worm-like critter pictured below. “Well, the second month being in this home, the city of Glendale decided to clean out the sewers. Ever since then it has only been me and my dog and I feel like we are the ones being infected by these things. I honestly think I have a few that I have in mind. I think it’s microflair or lymphatic filariasis, and the other two I think are a Guinea worm, which I contracted from my dog, and horsehair worms, AKA Gordian worms. So I see black and white thin-like parasites, but the black ones are a lot bigger and huger, I guess you can say. And then, when they, like, go over each other, they produce a greyish little one – well, that’s what it looks like to me. My husband and the people I live with honestly think I’m going crazy.”

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Pink Worm Found by Cat Food Bowls May Require a Medical Diagnosis

“I live in Madison County, Kentucky, USA, and today I found a small worm on the floor in my bedroom”, writes this reader in his submission about the thin, pink worm pictured below. “My room is on the second floor of my house, and the bathroom is almost directly outside it. I have three cats (strictly indoor, they almost always stay in my room due to my little brother not knowing how to pet them nicely) and since I found this worm near their food bowls, I am very worried it might be in some way parasitic or harmful to them. I included a diagram with a pencil for size reference since my phone quality isn’t very good, but the worm itself is also in the picture of the diagram as well as the other pictures. I think I’m going to flush this worm for now, but I’m hoping to identify it and see if this is a problem in case another one shows up in the future! Thank you for your time!”

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Woman Troubled by “Parasitic Bugs” for Years Seeks Help

“Three and a half years ago I had occasion to visit with my father, and during the long term visit encountered some type of parasitic bug/worm”, writes this reader in her submission. “It seems that the “bug/worm” things are various colors but usually range anywhere from clear, white, tan, orange, yellow, chlorophyll green, red, pink (I believe it’s due to where and on what they lay their eggs), and come in 2-3 different shapes and sizes (I think it’s just different levels of their life cycles) – from microscopic to the size of a large flake of dandruff. They are so small that it’s very difficult to see any details with the naked eye, so I bought several different brands of Android cell phones which had better and better zoom quality on the cameras and then I purchased a microscope that clips onto the cell phones.”

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Black, Thin Worms Found In and On Body: Medical Consultation Advised

“I have black, thin worms and clear ones all over and in my body”, writes this reader in their submission regarding the white organism pictured below. “Can you help me identify these? The doctors say they are not there. There are also long thin clear white ones. Thank you so much.” Right off the bat, we will need to inform our reader that we will unfortunately not be able to identify these worms. The reason for this is because they have explicitly stated that they have been found inside her body and that they have consulted a doctor about them. As such, we have to assume that this situation is potentially medical in nature, and because we are not medical professionals, we are thus neither qualified nor legally able to identify such worms.

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Long White Worm Thick as a Thread Could be a Horsehair Worm

“What is this?” asks this reader about the long, thin, white worm pictured below slithering over some big rocks. “It is a live worm as thick as a thread of cotton. Many thanks.” She does not provide more context than this, though based on the photo alone, we would say this most resembles a horsehair worm. Unfortunately, the horsehair worm has garnered an unsavory reputation that is founded in a lot of misinformation. Also referred to as a Gordian worm, because of its tendency to tangle in on itself like the mythical Gordian knot, the horsehair worm is a parasitic worm that only takes insects and other smaller invertebrates as hosts.

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Yellowish White Worm Looks like a Roundworm: Medical Consultation is Recommended

“Identity please?” is all this reader writes in her submission regarding the long, off-white worm-like creature pictured below. In any case where the worm photographed is not unique in its appearance and thus instantly recognizable, identifying a worm based only on a photo is nearly impossible without context. For that reason, we will not be able to provide our reader with a concrete identity of this organism: its white color and nondescript body renders this worm generic in appearance, which is makes it all that much harder to pinpoint its exact identity. With that said, what we will do is provide an educated guess and give our reader some pointers as to what she might want to do, depending on what her concerns are.

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Super Tiny Worm-like Organisms Bite this Woman, Leaving Welts

“Can you help me identify this worm?” asks this reader in her submission regarding the white organism pictured below. “It’s super tiny and I have been getting bites which have left welts. The last ones have even pushed up.” We are not exactly sure what our reader means in this last sentence, but, in any case, we will unfortunately not be able to identify this worm-like critter. This is due to our reader expressly stating that the organism is harming her body, and as such, the situation becomes potentially medical in nature. Since we are not medical professionals, we are not qualified, or legally able, to identify such creatures, as doing so would be tantamount to providing a medical diagnosis.

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White Worm Found in Nose Could be Harmless Larva, Though Medical Consultation is Advised

“I had a horrific feeling of something crawling up my nose”, begins this reader in her submission about the worm-like creature pictured below. “I blew my nose continuously and it still hurt. When I breathed in, it hurt. I sneezed and sneezed. Finally, I blew out this tiny worm, white/beige: it had a sharp point at the end. I felt intense relief. I had no other symptoms. It is about 1 cm (0.4-inches). It was very much alive! Now, I am paranoid that I am infested with pupae. Do you think this could be a one time event? We live in the country, deep in the woods, in the South. We do have all sorts of insects around. I do my best to keep them out of the house. I will enclose a picture. Thank you so much!”

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Silvery Shapes in Toilet Cause Concern

“I found these silvery things moving at the bottom of my toilet bowl when I urinate,” states this reader in his submission regarding the translucent shape pictured below. “I thought it might just be the warmer liquid mixing with the cooler liquid – it kind of swirls. I’m gonna attach a video. Oh, by the way, I’m in Dallas Texas but was in the Navy and have traveled to many countries. I apologize for the language.” Firstly, we want to thank our reader for his service and let him know that the language is absolutely fine: we want our readers to be as direct as possible when they give us the context of their situation, as it helps us get the clearest grasp on the situation we can get. Secondly, we must say that this does not resemble any organism that we know of. It really does just look like swirls of liquid.

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White Larva-like Creature has This Man Worried About Intestinal Parasites

“I live in Toronto, Ontario, and was wondering if you could identify this worm/larvae”, states this reader about the white worm-like creature pictured below. “This small larva, which is approximately half an inch in length, was found in the bathroom and may have been an intestinal parasite (due to how it was discovered). It moves quickly and seems to have six small appendages and a segmented upper body. It has a small reddish brown “head.” It looks closest to a clothing moth larva, but the body shape is not the same and it is physically flatter. Any help would be greatly appreciated.” Now, since our reader states that he thinks it may be an intestinal parasite, we cannot identify this organism for him. This is because we are not medical professionals, and are thus not qualified or legally able to identify any organisms that affect the health of humans or animals.

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Twisted, Black Organism Coughed Up by This Woman Seeking Answers

“Can you identify this please?” asks this reader in her submission regarding the minuscule, black, twisted-looking organism pictured below. “This was coughed up”, she explains, though she does not add anything else in her submission. Regardless, we will not be able to identify this organism, and the reason for this is because it came from her body. Any situation in which an organism comes from a person or animal’s body must be presumed to be medical in nature, as we cannot risk making an identification that will be misconstrued as a diagnosis. Since we are not medical professionals, we are neither qualified nor legally able to make these kinds of identifications in the first place. What we can do is point our reader in the direction of some resources she can use to find someone that is qualified to answer her questions and identify what came out of her nose.

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Segmented, Brown Creature Found on Toilet Paper Could be a Duff Millipede

“I have been trying to find someone to identify what type of worm this is”, states this reader in her submission regarding the segmented, brown creature pictured below. “It is possible that it was stuck to my clothes or even the toilet paper, but I found it when wiping. I went to the doctor and the ER and they couldn’t figure out what it was either. I searched the site and found some that look like it, but I’m not 100% sure since this one had markings and I couldn’t seem to find any with similar markings.” Based on the picture alone, we would have concluded that this is a duff millipede. These critters feed on decomposing organic matter such as fungi and algae, and are not harmful to humans. Typically, they live in tree bark or under nettles, but they have been known to invade people’s homes. Like most species of millipedes, they will do this if the conditions outside grow to warm and dry, which is why they typically seek shelter in basements or garages, where it is cool and dry.

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Woman “Tortured” by Long, White Worms Should Seek Medical Advice

“I found this in my home”, states this reader about the long, white worm-like organism pictured below. “I have been tortured lately by some unknown “thing” in my house. May it be bugs, worms, or something else; I found this when I woke up after a very rough night. I got a ton of bites on me. I’m not sure what’s going on but please give advice. Any is helpful. I know you can’t give medical advice but if you can try to identify the possible “worm” pictures that would be great. I was leaning towards a tapeworm possibly. Thank you for your time.”