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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/invading worm like creatures in my basement


MelissaB wrote at 2014-06-25 01:55:47
Hi Saugy & Jo-

I have these worms in my home too, and hear people mentioning them more and more in this area (Georgia).  I went to view a home for sale today, and saw one there too.  With all due respect, I don't think these are millipedes.  They look quite different from the images I find of millipedes online, and also seem smaller.  Harmless little buggers, but they really seem to be taking over.  When it rains, they are all over the outside of the house- dozens of them, climbing upward.  I kill at least 10 every day inside.  My hunch is that these worms, or larvae, are a relatively new arrival to the US.  I cannot find many images of them online- only images I see are posted by people trying to figure out what they are.  Lots of questions about them, but no answers that seem to fit the description exactly.  

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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