A reader from the UK recently sent us a few photographs of a white worm-like organism she noticed on her carpet. She said it is about 2 cm long, thin, and has a dark tip on one end. She is curious about what it might be. From the first picture she sent, we can also see that the specimen has a segmented body:
So, the creature we are trying to identify is white-colored, has a 2 cm long segmented body that is quite thin, and has a dark tip on one end of its body. There are a long list of worm-like organisms that have some (if not all) of the physical descriptions we just went over. This can make confirming an identification difficult, but we think we know what our reader is dealing with.
As we mentioned, there are plenty of larvae that look similar to this one. In fact, most fly larvae do! However, fly larvae are also typically much rounder than this thin creature and have more distinct heads. Therefore, we have a hunch that this specimen is a flea larva. Of course, if our reader doesn’t have a cat or dog the chance of this being a flea larva is rather slim. But if she does have a pet, we think flea larva is the correct identification because flea larvae are white, translucent, and black worm-like organisms that have segmented bodies and are the same size as the specimen our reader discovered. If our reader has a pet, we recommend she take it to the veterinarian to be examined and treated if necessary for fleas. She should also wash all of their bedding and toys, and any other bedding, blankets, and surfaces that the pets sleeps on to prevent more fleas and flea larvae from appearing in her home.
To conclude, a reader sent us two great photographs of a white larvae she found in her home. We believe this creature is a flea larva.