Pink, Microscopic Debris in Shower Needs a Professional’s Eye
“Are these worms?” asks Rene in their submission regarding the pink object pictured below. “This is a high resolution photo of ‘debris’ in my shower drain and in my bathroom that are not visible to the naked eye. Thank you.” Rene sent in multiple photos, the first of which we included below (and the only one showing a worm-like organism), and we are not sure which photo Rene is referring to as being “high resolution”, or if they accidentally forgot to send in that picture, because none of the photos included in the submission were high resolution. Like the photo below, they were all very blurry.
Pinhead-sized Bugs are Carpet Beetle Larvae
“I found these pinhead-sized, little bugs that move like a worm and look like a larva”, writes Maya about the bristly, brown creature pictured below. “I have kept my laundry room clean. Not sure what they are?” Fortunately for Maya, though the picture is not super clear, we have encountered these creatures so often that we know exactly what she has been finding in her laundry room: carpet beetle larvae. Unfortunately for Maya, carpet beetle infestations can begin no matter how clean a laundry room is kept, because they can start anywhere in the home. This is because carpet beetle larvae feed on organic-based, textile materials, which are often found in most rooms of a house.
Reader Discovers Symptoms are Not Parasites but Mold Sickness
An All About Worms reader has discovered that the symptoms they were experiencing, including little threads of hair-like things, and the thread-like things stinging them, are not parasites at all but instead turned out to be mold illness caused by previously undetected mold in their house. Ken urges people to consider this possibility and get your house tested for mold.
Dark Brown Worm on Cubicle Desk Causes Concern in the Office
“I am finding these tiny dark brown worms all over my cubicle desk at my work”, writes Una in San Diego about the darkly-colored creature pictured below. “I’ve also found tiny worms in green also. I’m freaking out because I read on your post that they could be flea worms!? I do have dogs but I haven’t seen any worms like this at home. I live in San Diego, California.” The photo alone does not really help us much, unfortunately. Even when zooming in, the worm looks like nothing more than a black blob. Additionally, Una does not send any photos of the green worms she mentions.
Array of Insect-like Creatures Found in Home Includes a Ladybug and a Cockroach
“I have found these hard-shelled worm-like creatures”, writes our reader, Summer, in her submission regarding the various organisms pictured below. “The first two pictures were found in dryer lint. The third picture was found on the living room carpet. Just was trying to see if y’all could tell me what exactly they are? Thank you!” Firstly, we want to thank our reader for these great photos – they really help us get a good grasp on what kinds of features these creatures possess. Secondly, we think that the creatures in the first photo might be larvae of the bigger bug in the second photo, while the spotted, beige and brown creature in the second photo is most likely a ladybug.
Gray-black Bug That Came Off Skin May be a Flea Larva
“I have been dealing with bedbugs, fleas and possibly head lice for 9 weeks,” reports this reader in his submission. He asks that we identify the gray-black organism pictured below, which appears to have a frail body and a bulbous, black head.
Married Couple Battle Doctors and the Internet in the Hope That Their Parasitic Infections are Taken Seriously
“My husband and I have been battling parasites and doctors for two years now,” says this reader, who reaches out to us in a desperate time in which her health is declining and she is not getting the help she needs. Our reader and her husband have been diagnosed with strongyloidiasis, Morgellons and some type of filarial infection, among other things.
Black-striped Worm is a Pheretima Earthworm
This frighteningly long worm was found by this woman who wonders if we could help identify it. The worm in question appears to be wrapped around some sort of concrete post, and sports a glossy, black body with darker stripes at regular intervals, with a reddish head at the end visible in the photograph.
Doctor Turns Away Woman Infested with Parasitic Worms; What to do
In rural Virginia, a woman calls for help as her daughter is severely affected by a parasitic worm infestation. The “maggot-like” worms have left pustules in their wake, and caused symptoms of itching, burning, and sensations of something crawling under her skin.
Mother Fears for her Two Year Old Upon Finding a Horsehair Worm
A concerned mother wonders if this worm pictured below is harmful to her two year old son. The worm appears thin and long, and although its coloration is difficult to tell from the photograph, we would propose that it is pink or tan in color.
Tan & Yellow-Striped Bug in NYC Apartment is a Carpet Beetle Larva
A woman recently contacted us with the following image of a bug she estimates to be about 1/4-inch or smaller. She found this creature on her couch, and from the picture we can see it is brown and tan striped in color, with a darker brown head at one of its ends.
Long Worm Found in Toilet is a Lumbricus Rubellus Earthworm
A reader recently sent in this image of a long, brown worm she found in her toilet. She is trying to determine if the worm is an earthworm or an intestinal parasite.
Dark Green Worms in Sandbox May be Armyworms
A woman recently found a bucket of worms (quite literally) in her son’s sandbox in Pennsylvania. The worms in question appear to be dark, olive green in color and have white/tan stripes down the length of their back, as well as a black head at one end, and a tip with many points at the other end.
Outrageous Infestation of Small Brown Worms Are Millipedes!
A reader concerned about an “outrageous infestation” of small brown worms outside her home sent in this image below of a small worm with a triangular tipped tail and a brown, ridged body.
Are Fruit Flies and Bathroom Worm Related
A reader who had what he thought was a fruit fly problem he’d been managing with sticky traps sent us…
Could A Pile of Worms on Driveway be Sciaridae (II)?
On August 13, a reader sent us this picture of a mass of living worms on her driveway. The worms…
What could it be?
A reader wrote to us recently about a worm that got into her home. She said that she had been finding these worms on her and her daughter’s skin and in her kitchen. She said that they liked to crawl on their skin and did not seem afraid to be indoors. She was worried because she thought they were coming from her and was interested to know exactly what they are and where they came from. She did mention that her daughter had brought some flowers inside of their home from outside.
Worms near Coffeemaker
One of our readers sent us an email explaining that she and her daughter have found tiny worms wiggling around in water that was left near the coffeemaker. They are trying to figure out what they are and how to get rid of them. The reader did not have a picture to show us, but we have done a lot of research on this topic and we do have a solid idea of what these worms could be. In fact, they are probably larvae and not worms at all.
Earthworms in the Shower?
A reader wrote to us recently about some worms that she found in her shower. As she notes, they look like earthworms, but they are “smaller and thinner.” The reader is uncertain how they ended up in her shower, but she offers some speculation: they might have come from the drain, or she might have brought them in herself, maybe in her hair, as she took a shower after taking a hike. Our reader is wondering what she found, and she is also wondering if she should be worried about the worms that turned up in her shower.
Worms Caught in Cat Hair
We received a puzzling question recently about some worms that our reader found in the hair of her cat. The worms (or whatever they are) have been caught in the cat’s hair on a couple of different occasions, and the reader is concerned that they might be harmful to her cat in one way or another. They might just be getting caught in the cat’s fur, posing no threat, but they also might be “something worse feeding off him [the cat].” The reader offers a lot of information and a picture, so we’ll try to make some sense of the situation with what we were presented with.