Tiny Worms in Bed [Black, White Worms in Bed Sheets]

Insects like moths, fleas, and flies can infest your bedroom. Once they lay eggs, those will hatch into white, brown, or black little worms depending on the species. They go through a full life cycle which is known as complete metamorphosis.

Tiny worms in your bed that look like bugs are insects’ larvae that move by crawling on their bellies while looking for food. To get rid of them, wash the bedding with warm soapy water and dry them at 120°F for 30 minutes. Do a general cleaning in the bedroom to remove insects that lay eggs.

Types of bed wormsWhat they look likeHow to kill them
House fly larvae/maggots0.3-0.9cm long. They are white or off-white in color.Wash bedsheets and bedding. Then clean the bedroom to keep flies away
Fleas larvaeAn adult is 0.2-0.5cm long. They are whitish with pale hair on their bodySteam cleaning
Clothes moth larvaeAn adult is 0.8-1.2cm long with a brown head and cream-segmented bodySteam cleaning and Vacuuming
Pinworm larvaeEggs from humans fall on bedsheets. Then hatch into white worms that are 1.2-3.5cm long.Wash bedding, use high heat to dry, and iron before use
Carpet beetles larvaeBrown, hairy with stripes on their backs. About 0.1cm longWash bedding with hot water
Indian meal moth larvaeAn adult is 1-1.3cm long, off-white, or cream-colored. Wash the bedding and vacuum the bedroom
Types of tiny worms in bed, what they look like, and how to get rid of them

If you rarely clean your bedroom, there are high chances of finding breeding insects and dead rotting pests in there. These will attract tiny worms to your bed and bedroom in general.

Images of tiny worms in bed (how they look like)
Images of tiny worms in bed (how they look like)

Causes of tiny worms in bed

If flying insects are in your bedroom, you will likely find small worms in your bedding. Those may also crawl on you while you sleep at night. Even though they rarely bite, some worms, like lacewing larvae, can bite humans and cause irritation.

1. House plants

House plants can attract several insects to your bedroom, including lacewings. Most of those bugs can be found hiding under the leaves and on the stem right at the base. When they want to lay eggs, they will try to find warm areas, and your bed is one of the best targets.

2. Dirty pets

Unclean pets that are never showered and smelly bedding pet bedding will attract worms in the bedroom, and those will also find their way into your bed. Unclean pests will have fleas, and their larvae will look like small bugs in your bed.

3. Fleas

When there is a fleas infestation in your bedroom, they will lay eggs that turn into little bugs that crawl on your bed. In most cases, flea bugs at their larvae stage will not bite.

However, adults can bite humans and pets. If you wake up with bug bites on your skin and find tiny worms in your bed, then fleas might be the culprits.

4. Moths

An adult moth lays eggs in woolen thick fabrics so its larvae can find something to eat once they come out of the eggs.

When the females come indoors, they want a safe, warm place to lay eggs. Since your bedsheets are always warm, brown worms, which are moth larvae, will hide in them, especially when the beddings are never changed.

5. Carpet beetles

Bedding made from animal products will attract carpet beetles because that is what their larvae will feed on. At the larvae stage, they will look like dark or brown bugs in your bed. They crawl and feed on the fabric for survival.

Tiny black worms in bed

Tiny black worms in your bed that are about 0.6-1inches long are carpet beetles’ larvae. They are hairy and black with white stripes. It can also be light brown in its early or final stages. They feed on cotton, wool, and furs, which will attract them to your bed.

Female carpet beetles can lay eggs in your bedding because of the warmth. They are sure that the larvae will find something to feed on.

After the larvae are hatched from the eggs, they start looking for what to eat. Those little dark bugs will crawl into your bed and sometimes on you at night.

A high infestation will also attract ants to your bed. Ants feed on carpet beetle larvae, and those bugs will definitely make them come to your bed. They hide in thick duvets and cotton bed sheets that make up most of the clothing in your bedroom.

Light or dark brown worms in bed are moths at their larvae stage. Adult moths do not feed on fabric; their larvae feed on woolen, fur and leather fabrics. They like fluffy duvets that are rarely washed because of the warmth and food it provides.

Tiny white worms in bed

Little white worms in your bed are likely to be maggots. They can also appear to be cream or off-white in color. They grow up to 0.75inches long with no legs and only a head with a mouth to feed. Those are the larvae stage of a housefly; they can crawl into your bed, especially if you have pets in the bedroom.

Causes of little white worms in your bedroom include pet poop, dead rats, and large house lizards that are rotting under the bed. These little white worms will get into your bed through pets. They can hang on a pet’s fur and crawl into the beds when your pet jumps into the bed.

Bats, birds, or huge lizards can die on the ceiling, and when they start rotting, they will attract maggots. When you have holes in the ceiling above your bed, tiny white worms (maggots) can drop and fall on the bed as they feed on dead pests trapped up there.

At the larvae stage, fleas from pets look like small white bugs, and they can fall on your bed from your pets. Pets are one of the major carriers of fleas. Even if they are not showered regularly, they can easily pick up bugs outdoors and bring them to your bedroom.  

How to get rid of tiny worms in bed

Cleanliness is the best solution and the first step to getting rid of small worm-like bugs in the bed and bedroom. Remove all the bedding and mattress outside and do general cleaning in the bedroom. Wash the bedding with the washing machine set at 113 °F for 1 hour to kill any tiny worms.

1. Soapy water

Fill a large bucket with 4 gallons of warm water and add 2 cups of soap. Then soak the infested bedsheets in it for 1 hour to kill all the worms. Rinse them with clean water and hang them outdoors to dry. Soapy water will instantly kill tiny worms in bedsheets by dehydrating and blocking their pores.

If you do not have a washing machine, you can clean the bed sheets and bedding, in general, using soapy water. This is a sure way of cleaning and removing any worms, especially if you need to do it fast, the lights are out, or the washing machine is broken.

To remove worms from your mattress, pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket. Add 1 cup of soap to make a concentrated solution, then deep a clean hand towel. Remove the towel and wring it to remove exes water and use it to write every inch of the mattress to remove worms and eggs.  

2. Aerate the bedding

Any dirt and rotting matter thrive in a poorly ventilated area. This is because worms like it when it is warm and moist. With that in mind, remove all the bedding outside in the morning and let them stay they for at least 7-10 hours for perfect aeration.

If you have large duvets that are extra heavy and you do not want to wash them, taking them outside for aeration will help in getting rid of small worms and bugs in them. Leaving them out in the air for a long time will increase the chances of those bugs falling off.

If it is a sunny day, this will be perfect, and you will need 4-6 hours only to get rid of any worms in your bed. If you can remove the bed as well, it is an added advantage because sometimes, bugs hide in the bed, and taking it outside will increase the chances of getting rid of them.

3. Shower your pets and their bedding

Pets’ poop and urine are major attractions of unwanted bugs. Letting pets play in your bed or even sleep by your side means you have to shower them. Find time to bathe your pets with commended shampoos that will kill any bugs on them.

Ensure you aerate their bedding and wash them regularly. Have several alternatives for them so that you can change them regularly. This will help in keeping bugs away from your bedroom. Remember, if there are bugs in your bedroom, they will always find their way into your bed.

4. Air conditioning

Did you know that air conditioning can keep away flying insects at home? If not, then you should try it. Regulating your bedroom temperatures during the day before you go to bed can keep insects away during the warm seasons.

To keep insects that lay eggs from your bedroom, clean the bedroom, close the doors and windows, and set the air conditioner to run at 65°F for about 2 hours. Ensure there is nobody or pests in the room during that period.

Flying insects hate AC set at low temperatures and will not breed in cold environments. Do not forget to set the AC back to the right temperature, which is about 78°F, before you go to bed. Naturally, your body temperature is lower at night, and sleeping with a cold AC is not a good idea.

Reference: Extensive research from Oklahoma State University Extension articles on Flea control and Beneficial Insectary on Green lacewing larvae.