White Worm in Fabric Could be a Clothes Moth Larva

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“Can you kindly identify this worm?” asks Lindsey in her submission regarding the white, worm-shaped organism pictured below. “The hair on top moves around like a feeler.” She does not add more context than this, and given how vague the photo is, we are not sure we can give her a concrete answer to her question. The worm almost looks like it is under a sheet, or some kind of fabric – as if it is struggling to break through it. As such, the hair on top looks like it is likely just a stray fiber from that material. For these reasons, we are not even sure what the true color of the organism is.

If we are to assume that the creature is under a piece of fabric, then that could give us some clues as to the identity of the organism. Worm-like creatures that are found trying to break through, or rather eat through, fabrics are typically clothes-eating pests. The two most common pests of this nature that one will find in their home are clothes moth larvae or carpet beetle larvae. Given the oblong shape of the organism, we are more inclined to identify this as a clothes moth larva. These pests feed on textiles that are made from organic-based materials, such as cotton, wool, leather, feathers, and silk.

Clothes moth larvae can do a lot of damage to the textile items in one’s home if an infestation spreads and is left unchecked. For that reason, we recommend that Lindsey search her home for more larvae. They will most likely be near a source of food, and prefer dark and cramped spaces where they can hide, such as inside drawers, or underneath or behind furniture (especially upholstered furniture!). We then suggest she clean any infested items, and vacuum any infested areas. It might even be a good idea to vacuum the entire home, just to be safe. With all of that said, we are not saying that an infestation is definitely occurring: it could be that Lindsey will not find any more larvae than the one. But it is a good idea to check nonetheless, just to be safe.

In conclusion, we think that the white, worm-like critter Lindsey found might be a clothes moth larva, though we are not 100% certain about this conclusion, given how the creature’s body is obscured by the fabric, as well as the lack of context. We hope nonetheless that Lindsey finds something useful in this article, and we wish her the very best!

 

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White Worm in Fabric Could be a Clothes Moth Larva
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White Worm in Fabric Could be a Clothes Moth Larva
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"Can you kindly identify this worm?" asks Lindsey in her submission regarding the white, worm-shaped organism pictured below. "The hair on top moves around like a feeler." She does not add more context than this, and given how vague the photo is, we are not sure we can give her a concrete answer to her question. The worm almost looks like it is under a sheet, or some kind of fabric - as if it is struggling to break through it. As such, the hair on top looks like it is likely just a stray fiber from that material. For these reasons, we are not even sure what the true color of the organism is.
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