Strange black worms on my windowsill

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  1. Communist Hamster Cricetulus griseus leninus Valued Senior Member

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    On my windowsill (on the inside of the room) this morning were a few dozen tiny black worms, about 2-3mm long. They move like caterpillars. Most of them are in a group by the windowsill, but some of them have climbed to the top of my curtain (about a metre high) and some of them have climbed to the bottom of my towel which is drying on the radiator (about a metre down). They appear to be able to secrete some kind of silk, for some of them dangle from the curtain seemingly in mid-air.

    I do not know what they are. Can you help me with this? What are they? Are they dangerous? Should I spray them with something poisonous? Are they likely to be carrying any kind of disease transmissible to humans? I suppose they may be the larval form of something.

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  3. Theoryofrelativity Banned Banned

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    deffinately you are being invaded by out of space organism, contact 'special branch' immediately!
     
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  5. mountainhare Banned Banned

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    Communist:

    I'm not sure, but they look remarkably similiar to caterpillars.
     
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  7. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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  8. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    They're definitely spaceworms. They are probably immune to all known forms of poison, as well as most unknown ones. Attempting to disturb them in any way will probably cause them to burst dramatically out of your stomach sometime in the near future.

    I recommend spraying them with poison or something.
     
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  9. Roman Banned Banned

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    Where do you live, Communist?
     
  10. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    They look like a type of caterpillar that comes out of its web during March in Cyprus, hence the common name of Martouthia (of March). If they are hairy, then it's likely that they're similar... don't touch them because they sting.
     
  11. Communist Hamster Cricetulus griseus leninus Valued Senior Member

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    I'm in the UK, and I don't think they are those poisonous hairy caterpillars becaue... they are not hair. At any rate, they've mostly gone now.
     
  12. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    I use to see alot of them dangling from tree's back when I was a kid. I wouldn't be suprised if they are actually a moth larvae.
     
  13. przyk squishy Valued Senior Member

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    The mutant bloodthirsty leeches are no longer distracted by your window. RUN!
     
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  14. android nothing human inside Registered Senior Member

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    Those are tentworms; eliminate 'em if you like your trees.
     
  15. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    Could be the larvae of a carpet beatle? We used to have carpet beetles in our house. They still show up from time to time. They looked similar, but they were more brown.
     
  16. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    "Strange black worms on my windowsill"
    Sounds like a Beatles lyric from the flower power era.
    They might well be some kind of Beatle.

    They are definitely what scientists call "creepy crawlies"
    and should not be allowed in the house.
    They may be disposed of humanely by shooing them onto a piece of paper
    taking care not to crush them, then going out into your garden and shaking the paper until they fall off.

    Correction.
    (I've just read the bit about them attacking trees)
    Shake them over the fence into your neighbour's garden.
     
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  17. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Why is it that we humans always want to kill everything we don't understand? I'll never understand why that is about us. :shrug:

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  18. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    I must point out at this stage that the OP is 2 years old.

    I've been doing a search looking for any threads on Heather Mills, the ex wife of Beatle Paul, and a search for Beatle uncovered this gem from the past. Due to a spelling mistake, Beatle for beetle.

    Nothing on Heather for either search. The august memers of sf are probably ignoring the annoying beatle hater.

    Still. It was in April 2006 that the strange black creatures first appeared.
    Perhaps they will soon return.

    Look out for them sciforumers!
     
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  19. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Poor Communist Hamster........he's probably no more than a cobweb-covered skeleton now. His outstretched skeletal arm still reaching towards the windowsill where they were crawling. If only we'd have known they were deadly flesh eating worms, we could have warned him.
     
  20. UltiTruth In pursuit... Registered Senior Member

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    Poor old simple moth larvae... just ignore them.
     
  21. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    blah.....
     

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