White Worm with Brown Head Found in Carpet is a Webbing Clothes Moth Larva

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“I found this on my carpet”, states this reader in her submission, referring to the off-white larva-like critter with a brown head pictured below. “Can you identify it please?”

No further context is provided, but based on the photo, as well as the fact that our reader found this critter on her carpet, we are going to venture to say that this is a clothes moth carpet. In particular, we think that this is a webbing clothes moth larva.

Webbing clothes moth larvae are household pests, and when infestations occur, they can do a lot of damage to the items in the home they feed on. As their name suggests, they like to munch on clothing, but unfortunately that is not the extent of it. In fact, clothes moth larvae will feed on any material that is even partially organic in make. Such materials include wool, cotton, silk, leather and feathers. So, items that contain these things include upholstery, pillows, bed sheets, towels, and carpets.

With that said, webbing clothes moth larvae are not harmful to humans or pets, so our reader need not worry for her health and safety.

The next step for our reader is to search her home for more larvae to get a better idea of how many of these there are. In any case, we recommend that our reader vacuum her home, as it is not implausible to think that there might be more larvae roaming about, if not eggs waiting to hatch in the same carpets, or elsewhere in the home.

Now, if she ends up finding a lot more larvae, then she may be experiencing an infestation. In this case, we recommend that she consult this “past article on clothes moth larvae” for information on how to deal with it. Hopefully, she will not find more, and this was just a one-off occurrence.

In conclusion, the white worm-like creature our reader found in her carpet is a webbing clothes moth larva. These critters are not harmful to humans, but they are harmful to the home, so our reader will want to search her home for more of them as soon as possible. We hope this article proves helpful, and we welcome any further questions she might have in the comments section below. We wish her the very best!

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