White Pieces of Hair and Lint Move Like Worms and Infest This Woman’s Home

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“I found these clear strands (worms?) on every item of fabric in my home”, states this reader in Hawaii. “They are on my clothes, rugs, couches, and towels. EVERYTHING! They attach on one end and stick out of the fabric. They are very thin, like hair, but kind of kinky. At first I thought it was hair or lint, then I looked closer and it was moving, and other lint or hair wasn’t. Normal lint or hair doesn’t stick straight out like these do either. It is not a few here and there; it is an immense amount. I also see dust-like particles all through the air, but I don’t think it’s dust because it maneuvers in different directions and it’s bigger. I have tried vacuuming, laundering, drying, even picking them off but they always come back. I saw that someone else wrote in from Oklahoma about them with a photo and that is exactly them and you didn’t have a clue. I am hoping that maybe you looked into it further and have answers now.”

Now, our reader does not link what article she is referring to, so we do not know what exactly she is comparing these worms to. Nonetheless, we have not looked into stringy-white worms infesting clothing in recent times, so we would not have any new information to provide on that front, nor do we know what it is our reader found in her clothing. Normally when our readers find white worms infesting their clothing, they are clothes moth larvae or flea larvae, but given how thin these creatures are, they are clearly not either of those two species. We might have even been tempted to suggest these were just pieces of lint or hair, if it were not for the video (linked below) that our reader sent in, which shows clearly how the organism moves by itself, particularly in a worm-like fashion.

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The main thing these resemble are threadworms (also known as pinworms), which are an intestinal parasite. However, these parasites develop inside the bodies of their hosts, and do not roam around the home and infest people’s clothing, so we find it highly unlikely for them to be threadworms. Besides, we are not qualified or legally able to identify parasitic organisms, because such organisms always pose a medical threat and thus require a medical diagnosis: we are not medical professionals. The best thing our reader can do is continue to vacuum her home and launder the infested clothing at the highest temperature the given items can withstand, and repeat this until no organisms are left. We know she has already tried these methods, but sometimes it takes a few times to get all the organisms. She might also want to think about the places she has been going: if they keep coming back after she cleans the house, maybe they are being brought in on something. Or perhaps she has a dog or cat that is bringing them in? Alternatively, to eliminate the worms, she can freeze the items of clothing they are infesting for at least 48 hours and then launder the clothing after defrosting.

To conclude, we are still not sure what these organisms are. We recommend that our reader take some of the worms to her local county extension office to have someone physically examine them, as they might have a better chance at identifying them. We nonetheless hope that she finds something of value in this article and we wish her the very best.

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White Pieces of Hair and Lint Move Like Worms and Infest This Woman's Home
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White Pieces of Hair and Lint Move Like Worms and Infest This Woman's Home
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"I found these clear strands (worms?) on every item of fabric in my home", states this reader in Hawaii. "They are on my clothes, rugs, couches, and towels. EVERYTHING! They attach on one end and stick out of the fabric. They are very thin, like hair, but kind of kinky."
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6 thoughts on “White Pieces of Hair and Lint Move Like Worms and Infest This Woman’s Home

  1. I am so sorry each of you are going thru this bit o am so relieved to know I am not the only one!! It is ruining my life! Please feel free to contact me to discuss to hopefully find a cure for us all!!

  2. I am crying in relief that I am not crazy

    I’ve had the exact same problem for a few years. It’s torture! Little things popping out of my skin. Crawling, floating. In my eyes, nose, mouth. Now I’m afraid my 2 year old grand baby has it too! I don’t know what to do!! My email is open if anyone has any advice or information to help. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this, even though I’m sorry yall are suffering as well. Love to each of you

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  3. I have these all over me and my house also . I have pulled them out of my feet . I have extreme tiredness and weight gain major and other symptoms. Nothing helps . I need a doctor that believes me they tell me I’m crazy

  4. I’m not sure if you have had anyone answer you. But I believe I know exactly what your dealing with. As I have also Been dealing with it too much more of an extreme, for four years!!
    It, They, are called Morgellons !!
    It is the worst thing I have ever had to deal with. But have found some relief knowing that I am not the only one suffering from this.
    I have seen a Specialist at Oregon health sciences university in Portland Oregon regarding this issue. I am guessing that you may have different signs on your skin also I will go ahead and hand with these things that you found on your clothing and your fabric.
    If you would like to email me, I can go into further detail and wait for you to articles that I know of. Best of luck. L. ( [email protected] )

  5. I am so glad I found this – I have been suffering in silence for so long and your descriptions are EXACTLY what I’ve been experiencing. I have so many similar videos yet no one seems to think this is a real problem – I’ve been told by many that I am going crazy, so I I stopped talking about it openly with others and I’m afraid to even mention it to my doctor or bring samples of the organisms to an extension office.

    If possible, I’d love to connect with the author of this question/video to share and compare our journeys dealing with these thread/work-like organisms. And if not, thank you for sharing – I feel much less alone on this struggle.

  6. I have so many of these videos if u look real close there is another tinier hair thing on the one that moves almost like it’s riding on it lol but then if u get real close the camera shows that the hair or worm has a full circular body and head

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