Worms Inside Plush Dog Toy

One of our readers discovered an infestation of worms inside a plush dog toy. He explained that even after washing the toys in a hot water cycle with detergent, bleach, and vinegar there are still worms in the toys. So, what are these creatures and where are they coming from?

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The specimen is light brown with a dark brown head. We assume that it is fairly small, but we don’t know for sure because there is nothing to use as a scale in the photograph. Based on what we can see, we don’t think the creature has any legs. We think this might be some type of larvae, but we can’t see it clearly enough to confidently identify it.

We are honestly quite alarmed that these organisms are still alive. It is alarming that our reader continued to discover the creatures in the dog toys even after a hot water cycle wash. It makes us wonder if the organisms are actually coming from the toys or if they are simply appearing on the toys after coming from a different location. Our reader didn’t mention if he had discovered these creatures in other locations or if they are isolated to the plush dog toys. Either way, we think it would be a good idea to throw the toys away. Although there might be some sentimental value to the toy, it is serving as a home to these unwanted visitors, and we think it is probably causing more stress than its worth.

In conclusion, one of our readers discovered an infestation of brown larvae in plush dog toys. The larvae were even able to miraculously survive a wash in the laundry machine. We think that our reader should throw out the toy and replace it with one that is worm free!

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Worms Inside Plush Dog Toy
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A reader discovered an infestation of brown larvae in plush dog toys. The larvae were even able to miraculously survive a wash in the laundry machine. We think that our reader should throw out the toy and replace it with one that is worm free!
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  1. Laura

    I too seem to be dealing with an organism that can live through a hot water wash and hot dryer. However, this defies all reason but then when I read that someone else may be having a similar experience, it makes me wonder. My issue is with my car, carpet, and clothing. My boyfriend and I can clearly see something moving in the carpet but it appears to be so tiny and so integrated within the fibers of the carpet (like between the backing and mat with only the tiniest “bits” being visible. When I look with a 20x magnifier, I just see this thing moving what I would assume is its mouth. It’s so gross but whatever it is, at least it is not eating us in any way, shape, or form. This living through the wash thing though is what really has me stumped. I will obviously need to pursue this more with a pest control specialist or the like but just wanted to share that I too have experienced this totally illogical capacity for something to survive the wash.

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