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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/unknow worm by front entrance


One Worm
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We have lots of tiny worms over the front of the house. They are about 1/2 inch long, size of pencil lead, 2 antennas and many legs. We are located in NE Kansas, USA where we are in middle of drought and not had cold weather that is normal for this area. See attached Pics.

Dear Ed - These are not true worms, but millipedes. For the most part, millipedes are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species occasionally can cause damage to very tender vegetation such as seedlings in gardens/greenhouses. They require damp/humid conditions in order to thrive, so moisture management is key to their control; see for more detailed information on this subject.

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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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