Entomology (Study of Bugs)/small white worm


This worm seems to be coming from nowhere. They're not near the pantry. I keep finding them at the front and back door. What are they and what can I do to not have them?


I'm sorry, but insect larvae (which is what this is) are essentially impossible to identify from images alone.

Please consider taking the specimen, preserved in ethyl alcohol if possible, to a local entomologist at a university (I know Auburn has an entomology department), natural history museum, state department of agriculture office, county extension agent (Cooperative Extension Service for your county), or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist).  He or she can then put the larva under a microscope and give a proper ID.

There is no substitute for examining the specimen in this case.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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