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What Are These Tiny Brown Worms on Clothes?

The title of this article may sound a bit silly to you, but if you look this phrase up on Google, you will find over 13 million articles containing the words *tiny brown worms on clothes*. Since one of these articles is on my blog, and quite a few visitors find my blog by searching for this phrase, I decided to find out some more about this topic.

Almost all of the articles I found are in the “question and answer” category. And – perhaps not so strange – many of them are not unique. Some are actually exact copies of the original Q and A. I found three groups of these identical articles:

1. “Tiny brown worms on clothes?” – This is the oldest group, originally posted in 2005 on the E-Bug.net Forum. There are only two copies, the first one appearing five years later on Yahoo Answers.

2. “What are these tiny brown worms found under clothing on floor?” – This is the largest group of identical articles and, according to Google, consists of 219 websites ( including my own blog ). The original question first appeared in 2008 on Yahoo Answers. A lot of webmasters evidently thought this question would be of interest to their visitors.

3. “I found small brown worms in my clothing and bedding.” – This was originally a question posed on the Canadian version of Yahoo Answers in 2010, and has only 9 copies.

Other articles were not as widely quoted as these three. I managed to find 9 others to read before succumbing to utter boredom.

So what was so interesting about tiny brown worms on clothes? What did people want to know about them?

What are they?

Most of the answers to this question suggested that the tiny worms were some kind of insect larva, most likely carpet beetle larvae. Other speculations included maggots, millipedes, and “flea poop”.

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