What are those worms in my bed?

bed wormsHave you ever heard of bed worms?  Fortunately, you probably haven’t.  Unfortunately, by the time you utter the horrible phrase “bed worm” it will be like a nightmare has taken over you life.

Most people find bed worms when they are removing the bedding from their beds.  They are typically small brownish caterpillar-like worms that you’ll find embedded in the fabric of the sheets or blankets where you sleep.

What are bed worms?
Often, these worms are the larvae of Clothes Moths!  Clothes moths feed on clothing made of fur, feathers, and wool.  The larvae- which resemble small brown caterpillars devour these fabrics.  Since wool is often used in bedding, clothes moth larvae can sometimes be found where you sleep! They prefer moist (think about all that perspiration you leave in your bed!) low light conditions.

How do I prevent the worms in my bed?
The best prevention is keeping the area clean. In particular, these larvae love to feed of sweat / perspiration. A cleaned area is less likely to develop a problem to begin with.

Now that I have these tiny worms in my bed, how do I get rid of them?
The first step is to launder your bedding and anything you had on your bed. Dry cleaning works particularly well as it removes any excess moisture from fabric.  In combination with laundering your items, you will want to treat the infested area with an insecticide.  A large amount of mothballs has also been found effective.

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