The photo shows three black worm-like organisms next to a lighter. Since the lighter is positioned next to the worms, it provides a great sizing scale and we can see just how tiny these specimens are. On the other hand, since the creatures are so small, we can’t determine any other physical traits about them. What could they be?
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When we hear about small black worms discovered in a carpet, our first idea is that the creatures are carpet beetle larvae, which are extremley common household pests. However, we are confident that these creatures are not carpet beetle larvae. Carpet beetle larvae look much different than the three specimens in the photograph. Instead of elongated thin bodies, carpet beetle larvae have round bodies that are covered in small spiky hairs. So, if they are not carpet beetle larvae, what are they?
We see some resemblance to millipedes, which readers discover fairly often as well. Millipedes have dark segmented bodies lined with tiny legs. They also curl into a C-shape as a defense mechanism, sort of like the creatures in this photograph. However, millipedes are usually 1-2 inches long, and the creatures in this photograph are all smaller than 1 inch long. These millipedes could just be particularly tiny, or perhaps they are another organism altogether.
Unfortunately, we aren’t confident of the species of the organisms our reader discovered. Therefore, we also can’t offer a ton of advice on how to get rid of the creatures other than cleaning. We recommend our reader use a carpet cleaner to deep clean his carpet and eliminate whatever food source the creatures are feeding on, rather than just vacuuming up the creatures themselves. If any of our other readers are familiar with these small black worms, we invite them to share their experiences in the comment section of this article!
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