We recently received a question from a reader about a “dog food bin [that] was attacked by worms.” The reader’s mom reported the scenario, and he (our reader) was apparently skeptical at first, but he seems to have confirmed the presence of the worms, which he described as “black on top with a white and brown stripe the length of the worm.” The worms are two inches (five centimeters) long, and they were found on a farm in Pennsylvania. The reader and his mom have never seen anything like the worms before, and they were wondering what they might have found.
We received a question about worms found in a dog food dish from a reader not long ago. The reader wasn’t sure if the worms in the dog food dish (actually, it is a puppy food dish) were parasitic worms; in fact, the reader isn’t even sure that they are worms at all. He speculated that they might instead be insect larva (or larvae – we’re not sure how many creatures we are dealing with), which is definitely a reasonable idea because so many larvae are worm-like in appearance. (This is why larvae are so commonly confused with worms.) The reader was merely wondering what the worms in the dog food dish (or larvae in the dog food dish) are, presumably not only because he is curious, but also because he doesn’t want his puppy eating parasitic worms, like tapeworms, for instance. What are the worms (or larvae) he found in the dog food dish?