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    Exclamation Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    I recently discoved SEVERAL brown inch worms every where around my pig cage. I am continuing to find at least 5 per day inside the cage (crawling on blankets, wire cage, etc.) At first I thought maybe the worms came in with the local hay they were eating, so I stuck the hay outside to freeze overnight, and I relocated the pigs in a different cage for a couple of days in my room, instead of in the basement. However, I am still finding many of those small little worms crawling in their new cage. I have changed all linens and vacuumed all around.

    Any ideas how to get rid of them or where these inch worms are coming from? I know they are harmless, but I would still rather not have them crawling around in the pig cage, especially when they are in MY room

    Thank you so much in advance! ANY advice would be helpful to me

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Do you use shavings for bedding? That could be a cause. The hay could also be a cause, but I am no expert on inch worms. Could you pics of them? (The worms)

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Are you sure they are inchworms? Please post a photo.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

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    There are two in the picture, sort of hard to tell. They move like inchworms, and are brown with lots of little tiny legs. I just found three more in the food bowl, however I checked the pellet bag and it seemed to be fine. Is this some sort of parasite perhaps?

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    @Nicks Pigs
    I am using fleece for bedding right now. I have posted a photo below. Thanks for your input!

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    I honestly don't know what they are. Did they come in the food?

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Maybe the food or the hay? I can't really tell from this picture if it's actually parasite... But equally... EWWWW!!!

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    @foggycreekcavy
    I checked the entire bag of pellets and there was no sign of worms. I'm freezing the hay and pellets outside overnight to see if that will do anything, but in the mean time more and more of these worms continue to show up. Thank you for your time

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpazticNerd View Post
    Maybe the food or the hay? I can't really tell from this picture if it's actually parasite... But equally... EWWWW!!!
    When another one appears (hopefully it won't), I will attempt to capture a better picture. I'm not entirely sure how to describe them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball002 View Post
    When another one appears (hopefully it won't), I will attempt to capture a better picture. I'm not entirely sure how to describe them either.
    Yes please. A better picture with be a better help. Though, I hope you definitely won't be getting more.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Like small milliopeads? With the cold, they could be coming inside or something and attracted to the guinea pig cage because of the food.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Do you buy bulk pellets? They could have come in there, too. I've had two instances of bugs in food. Once was in a Payday bar. When I opened it, it was crawling with bugs that sort of looked like that. The other time was in a sealed box of Demett's Turtles. That sort of makes me think it might be connected to food. They could also be millipedes that like the bedding.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    I want to add the bugs in the food that we had were mealworms. They looked a little different than the one in the photo but it's hard to tell since the photo is so small.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Looks like an inch worm. I used to love them when I was a kid. Maybe the brown color because they are eating pellets.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    If they have lots of tiny little legs, they aren't inch worms. Inch worms are kind of like small caterpillars, this is not that, correct? Plus, inch worms are usually green or light colored, bendy, and can hang from tree branches and stuff. These small millipedes are different. They tend to be attracted to food or water sources. If you're not having any luck with the food or bedding, check your house - check in the bathroom near drains and the kitchen. Check window sills near bathrooms and kitchens. In NYC we get all kinds of these "attracted to food and water" bugs and they tend to seek warmth and food in the winter - especially with the freezing temps we've had lately on the east coast (feels like -8 today!)

    http://www.orkin.com/other/millipedes/ Do they look like this, but small? If you google "small millipede" you also see a lot of photos of the smaller variety.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    I would leave the food and hay for a few night, one night will not be enough. If its eggs hatching, you need to kill the eggs. I would leave them outside for a week or two.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    It doesn't look like a millipede to me. I think it looks like an inchworm. I have some tiny baby millipedes and they don't look like that.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Inchworms can most definitely come in brown. Also a partially transparent yellow.

    Have you seen any of these moths? http://animals.pawnation.com/inchwor...tion-8927.html Inchworms like wood and attack hardwood trees. I would guess you just got a fluke collection of eggs that hatched and scattered. They probably don't survive indoors and if they do it would be in other parts of the house. They should be harmless to guinea pigs. Mostly just annoying. Hopefully once they all hatch and you clean them out there will be no more and no moths living in your house.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

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    Here are a few more photos of the creatures I am finding. I just found 10 more hiding in the fleece in BOTH cages. Do you think it could possibly be the bedding? I am using fleece with U-Haul pads and towels underneath. Thank you, and again sorry if the pictures didn't turn out well. It is iPhone quality and is hard to capture these little tiny worms/caterpillars.

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    Re: Inch Worms in the Pig Cage?

    Looks to me like some type of moth larvae. I wish I could help out more.

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