“At my work the ice cream machine has had these pop up a time or two”, says this reader about the worm-like organisms pictured below. “Can you tell me what they are and how we can get rid of them safely?” she asks.
Since our reader discovered the organisms, she has “pressed the issue” at work. “Now that we searched deeper we’ve discovered the machine is completely infested with these: like, thousands of them.”
“What causes them? And what can prevent this from happening once they are gone?”
Firstly, we are not entirely sure what parts of the object below are the worms (as it is entirely covered in what we assume is ice cream), but it looks like the thin, oblong strands sticking out from some sides of it are the creatures our reader is referring to.
Secondly, if our reader has continually pressed the issue with her superiors, and they have not done anything about it, she might want to consider contacting “<a href="https://www.osha.gov/contactus" target="_blank"the Occupational Safety and Health Administration” (OSHA), as the presence of these worms is definitely a violation of health and safety regulations.
Thirdly, we do not know what these worms are. From the picture, it is impossible to see where the worms actually are and what they look like, since they are covered in ice cream. The only worm that likes food that comes to mind is the pantry moth larva, but they are not known to eat ice cream.
As to where they might have come from, it is likely that eggs of these organisms were already present in the ice cream before it was shipped to our reader’s place of work. However, we cannot say anything for sure, as we do not know the species of the organisms.
We think it is best that our reader’s work contacts pest control to deal with this situation, as such a large infestation in a machine which produces food for human consumption requires immediate and professional action.
To conclude, we do not know what these worms are that our reader found in the ice cream machine at work. Nonetheless, we hope this article proves helpful to some degree, and we urge her to contact OSHA about this issue. We wish her the very best.
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