“Tiny Black Thing”: Worm or Something Else?

Today we will respond to a reader who has been dealing with some sort of infestation for months. While she knows something strange (and possibly worm-related) is going on, she hasn’t been able to find any bugs or worms. She does find “tiny black things” that are so small they are impossible to identify. She has been cleaning, doing laundry, and vacuuming nonstop trying to get rid of these things, and even wears gloves because they get under her nails. She wrote, “at first we noticed white worm-like things all over. We don’t see them anymore but now there are eggs attached to the walls, furniture, appliances, etc.” She sent a photograph she took on her phone of a few of the “tiny black things” that she pulled off the roman shades in her bedroom:

We really want to help our reader and offer some amazing advice, but we are a little stumped. When first hearing about the “tiny black things” we thought our reader might be dealing with drain fly larvae. These microscopic black larvae live, breed, and eat in the organic gunk that builds up in drains, and are super common household pests. However, they don’t have the same thread-like appearance as the creatures in the photo. Also, while they can be found in several rooms of the house (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room….really wherever there is a drain), they don’t live on furniture, shades, or walls. So, we have to rule them out as being a possibility.

The fibrous, stringy look of the “tiny black things” does remind us of organisms/fibers related to Morgellons Disease. Morgellons Disease is a relatively uncommon, controversial condition that isn’t fully understood by the medical community. According to Mayo Clinic, one of the symptoms is “having fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin.” Since our reader didn’t report much personal discomfort, just exhaustion with dealing with these pests in her house, we don’t think this has anything to do with Morgellons, but we thought it might be worth mentioning just in case. If she is suffering from any symptoms, we, of course, advise her to see a doctor ASAP.

Sadly, we aren’t sure what our reader is dealing with in her home. Our main advice for readers dealing with infestations is normally just to clean clean clean, but it seems our reader is already doing so. We think the next step might be calling in a professional who can assess the situation in person. We wish our reader the best of luck!

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"Tiny Black Thing": Worm or Something Else?
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"Tiny Black Thing": Worm or Something Else?
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One of our readers has been dealing with some sort of infestation for months, but she hasn't been able to find any bugs or worms. She does find "tiny black things" and has been cleaning, doing laundry, and vacuuming nonstop trying to get rid of them.
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