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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Weird looking worm/centipede all over my house


I want to know what these weird looking worms are I know they are hard and like to ball up into a circle. I really don't like them an there all over my house when I see them I clean them up but they just keep coming and they seem to be developing faster in my house. Any helpful information as to hopefully what they are would be greatly appreciated. If needed I live in Florida if that helps you any. Oh the insects seem to me like there a dark red or brownish red. I'm on my phone and can not provide a picture at the moment because I can't upload one with my phone of you would like a picture I can download it to my computer and send one.

Dear Ricki - My apologies for the delay in responding; I was unexpectedly called away from home yesterday, and just returned a few minutes ago. That aside, have a look at an image of millipedes at to see if any of them look your unwanted house guests. If so, what you have are basically nuisance pests that best can be controlled through moisture management; see for additional control recommendations. However, if after reviewing the millipede images you believe that you have something different, please download an image to your computer and attach it to a follow-up question.

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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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