From the photo she sent in, we see that the “worm” is small and orange, and appears to have a red head. It appears to be segmented, but it is hard to say for certain based on the photo quality.
Going off the photo, we think that she is not dealing with worms, but larvae. To be specific, we think she has found carpet beetle larvae. These larvae are usually rust-colored and are often identified by the hairs that cover their bodies. We cannot see these hairs in the photo, but we think the hairs might be what make the larvae seem segmented.
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Our readers often find carpet beetle larvae, and they are not harmful to humans! However, they can be destructive to linens and fabrics as they feed on these materials, as well as dust particles, fibers, and animal hair. Getting rid of carpet beetle larvae relies on cleaning thoroughly and removing all the potential food sources from her house. She should begin with her bed linens, because that is where she discovered the larvae. Our reader should also make sure all the fabrics in her home are used and washed regularly, so that carpet beetles don’t make a home in one of her old coats or blankets! Sweeping and vacuuming on a regular basis will keep these creatures away as well.
To conclude, our reader found orange “worms” in her bed. We believe these are carpet beetle larvae!
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