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Asked by: beeb-ga
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08 Nov 2003 11:26 PST
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Question ID: 273868
What is the "worm" I found (found 6 of them) on my son's carpet? It is about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, pale yellow with a chubby body and a rust-colored pointed tip. I'm thinking it's some kind of larva from a carpet eating pest. Can you provide information about the types of bugs it is likely to be, and why it is in my house.
Answered By: richard-ga on 09 Nov 2003 11:08 PST
Hello and thank you for letting us help. I hope Feilong doesn't mind me answering this question, since he has posted the picture nearest to what you've seen. I'm taking the liberty because it's what I was thinking of when I asked in my clarification request whether you have any house pets. [Squeamish people may wish to stop reading at this point.] Our housecat divides its time between my daughter's bed and our backyard. A few nights ago our daughter was doing her homework in bed with the cat beside her. The cat suddenly jumped from the bed to the floor and vomited on the rug. That was bad enough (although our daughter did appreciate that Kitty jumped off the bed), but our daughter saw a pair of 'worms' as you describe crawling out from the vomit. I saw them too, since I got the cleanup call. We took the cat to the vet and they've started a parasite pill program--a dose now and a second dose in a few weeks. They could have tested a stool sample but given the story it wasn't necessary. They're probably hookworms (Ancylostoma) Hookworm http://cal.nbc.upenn.edu/paralab/images/labimage/lab3/3_01b.gif I'm sure that's your answer too. It's not a carpet eating pest, it's an intestinal parasite. The good news is that treating your pets should eliminate the problem--unlike carpet beetles which would require searching out their nesting spots in the house. Search terms used http://images.google.com/images?q=hookworms&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search Thanks again for bringing us your question. Sincerely, Richard-ga
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