A concerned reader recently found clear-ish worms hidden in the crevices of her upholstered chairs and couch. She says they crawl like they have legs, but they look like worms and are extremely small. She continues that she is also dealing with fleas and tapeworms with her cats. However, the pests she found don’t seem to match up with either fleas or tapeworms.
After looking at the photos our reader included, we narrowed down these pests to be either flea larvae or carpet beetle larvae. Neither of these are technically worms, but they are commonly referred to as worms instead of larvae. Although our reader doesn’t believe she is dealing with fleas, flea larvae look differently than fleas. Also, the photo she provided resembles flea larvae more than carpet beetle larvae. To be on the safe side, we will discuss both.
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Carpet beetle larvae are often tiny dark creatures with many stiff hairs lining their bodies. They are a common household pest and feed on lint, dust, and animal hairs. Getting rid of carpet beetle larva is dependent on thorough cleaning. Vacuuming regularly will help not only remove the pests, but also the fibers they feed on. Also, making sure that fabrics around the house are used and washed regularly will keep these pests at bay.
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Flea larvae appear to be small worms, and they are commonly found in a household that has a flea-infested pet. Based on the photo our reader sent, and the fact that her cat has fleas, we believe that it is more likely that she is dealing with flea larvae than carpet beetle larvae. However, dealing with these pests is pretty much the same in either case. She should vacuum and deep clean her home, as well as treat her pets thoroughly for fleas. Also, washing any bedding or upholstered furniture her pets come into contact with will kill any existing flea and flea larvae that she might not be able to see.
We hope that our reader is able to get rid of the pests and live in peace soon!
In conclusion, a reader found small clear-ish worms in her furniture. We believe these are either carpet beetle larvae or flea larvae, and we provided some advice for how to get rid of them.