“Is there something in the carpet or is it just old/cheap?” asks Laura in La Mesa City, San Diego county, California. “It was professionally cleaned about two weeks ago. Additionally, and not 100%, I positively believe there are some creatures with white heads and darker bodies in the soil of a Money Tree that is on our catio. I’m used to the drain fly larvae or whatever that stuff is but these just seem different. Also, I do NOT feel anything in or on my body. These look too small to be carpet beetle larvae but my entire carpet looks like that. My photography skills are horrible and I could not get a good shot of these lines that run through the substrate. In conclusion, I have touched them but cannot just pick them up; they seem too deep. Sorry for yet another paranoid sounding inquiry; I just don’t want to get in trouble with property management. Thank you.”
“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.”
“I found this, what I think to be, worm in my toilet”, states this reader in his submission. “Do you know if this is a worm? If so, what kind?” he asks about the long, squiggly, yellow worm pictured below.
“I have thin clear/white microscopic strands on fabrics in my house and can’t figure out what they are”, states this reader in her submission. “Could they be larvae of something?”
“Are these all different creatures or is this all pupae of one obscure jerk who has taken over my entire life as I knew it?” asks this reader about the plethora of photographed organisms below. Our reader does not include more context than this but asks that we “please help.”
“I have one on my window sill but it’s about 1-inch long” is all this reader states in his query concerning the multiple worm-like creatures in the photo below. Due to the far away shot and poor resolution, it is difficult to make out the details on these creatures, but they appear to be red-brown in color.
“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.
“Help!” exclaims this reader at the beginning of her query to us. “What the heck is on the couch crystal lamp shade?” she asks, likely referring to the black dots one can see in the screenshot below.
“If I do have moth larvae and you say to keep drains clean and of course dry, is cleanser adequate or do we need something super duper?” asks this reader in her query about “transparent worms” she has been finding in the kitchen and bathrooms. The creature in the photograph appears to be minuscule in size, a green/gray color, and has two rows of spots going down its back.
“EWWW!!!” says this reader upon finding larvae crawling up from the baking soda she put on a bathroom carpet in an attempt to clean it. The larvae in question are a gradient of colors, their bodies moving from white to dark gray, with a black tip on the lighter end. They also appear to be bristled, and from the video our reader sent it is clear that the larvae have no legs.
“Strange black worms” have been appearing all over the bedroom walls of this reader in the South West of England. The worms in question appear to be minuscule in size, black in color, and sport a pair of antenna.
Five bugs/worms were found by this reader which are “brown to dark brown” in color. Our reader says she searched our site and read through our articles but could not find any information on what she was looking for.
Worms have been appearing from this woman’s mulch, or so she has been told, and she wonders how she can be rid of them. The worms in question are small in comparison to the mat in the photograph and are brown in color. More detail than that is difficult to discern given how far away the photo was taken.
A man found a “worm/larva” on his table and hopes that we can help identify it. Although it is difficult to tell from the photos provided, the worm appears to be white with a black stripe down its middle, and is either flat in shape, or has been flattened by something.
We believe the segmented creatures our reader found are sowbugs, which are land-living crustaceans. Fun fact: they are more closely related to shrimp than insects!
A reader wrote to us recently about an infestation of worms plaguing his mountain home, so, not surprisingly, he wants to know how to remove worms from the house. The worms are coming through the ground floor of the home and end up in the bedrooms that are downstairs. How should he get rid of these worms?
In some cases, the worm will be the larvae of an insect and in others, the pest that you found in your house won’t be a worm at all. The most common types of house pests include the case bearing clothes moth (larvae), moth flies (larvae), and the immature millipede.