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tiny black worm-like tadpole looking bug.. what is it?

There are a few of them in our basement now and I've never seen them before. If they are multiplying (?) I want to know what I'm up against. Anyone know what they are?

black wiggling bugs
About an inch long or longer--long antennae--wriggling fast, like snakes--there on a large pillow near my bed, late at night, summer, NYC, tonight. UGH. Killed them both. Sprayed room w. bug spray. Shook out lots of boric acid over floor. Floorboards do NOT meet the wall. I live on top floor of bldg. What are these creepy squirmers? Luckily, I sleep w. earplugs anyway. Will call exterminator tomorrow.

I am so disgusted every time I see a post like this where someone sees a couple tiny little insects and they freak out to the point of DOUSING THEIR HOME WITH POISON. There is virtually no change the insects could have harmed you, all dangerous insects (and there are only a couple!) are very well known and easily recognized. The poisons you sprayed around like a panicking, overreactive lunatic, on the other hand, are incredibly harmful to you and the environment.

Insects exist. Everywhere. LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT. It's nature.

Why sleep with earplugs? There are no insects that deliberately enter ears, either, even a child should know that.


Rat-tail maggots? They are ve
Rat-tail maggots? They are very tadpole like...

creepy bug
I just found one of those creepy slug-like, black, no legged, slithery, tadpole things in my room as I was cleaning it up, there's a hole that connects right to the basement. The bug moved really fast and so far I've only found one, got a little to creeped out to catch it, but if I find another one I'll defiantly catch it and take a picture.

I had this problem for a year until I finally found out it is a baby silverfish! I know this is probably not the answer, but I thought it was a sluggish tadpole black bug that moves very fast at first, then I took a closer look, and saw the legs! The legs are almost invisible because it is a baby silverfish, so the legs are clearly very invisible when the silverfish is running. I promise you that this solved the mystery of the black tadpole like thing in my bathroom, so I hope this is your answer also.

I think I know what it is
There is a parasite called "Vandellia Cirrhosa" but are found in water or near it because they are closely related to Cat Fish they can live on land for short times and rarely attack humans but when they do they carry deadly diseases that require surgery for most but some are curable with just drugs of some sort and the bites can cause whats called "River Blindness" if they are from Africa. They are 2nd from the bottom on the list

This person did not find bloodsucking amazonian catfish in their bedroom, anon.

Here it is, the unknown species.

Sorry, But No.
I'm pretty sure that's not it... Not to be rude of anything, but that's not the thing the victim is thinking of. Its more black, and tear drop shaped. Not the parasite you were describing. Thanks for you effort on your behalf.

Same Thing?
I was outside the other day and a weird bug similar to this description but with wings bit me in the neck leaving a red swollen mark. I thhink one way you can try get rid of them is extreme heat or cold EG; Heating fan cooling fan etc or maybe poison of some sort?

Tiny black worm like bug
I found about 20 of these small worms crawling on top of my dryer , they could stand almost straight up and some hung from some type if web? I was thinking they could be some type of silkworm. They were tiny, black in color and looked like a tadpole. Has anyone found out exactly what they are?

Tadpole like bug
I came upon this site while trying to find out what these bugs were we found in my husbands workshop. I was amazed that so many other people are also trying to find out about them too. They are not silverfish, had those. These are really horrible , black body, no legs or antenna with a tail that moved like a snake when it moved along. Only saw one moving the rest were all gathered together in a pile. They appear in one place my husband gets rid of them on a shovel but the next morning there are more of them in the same place. Yuck has any body more answers, tomorrow morning I will take a photo and hopefully send it in.

Honestly, I had no luck trying to figure this bug thing out. I will try to post a picture, but I don't know. They move very fast!

Id request
When I do take a picture though, you have to check ID request for it... OK?

another witness
i live in Serbia and i have the same problem with these little things. i've been dealing with these bugs for a while and i did not found out what they are or from where they come from.. i've been looking on internet for the answer and didn't found much. i found some people with the same description and features but they didn't got the right answer. A lot of people think they are silverfish or centipede but i know they are not. I will try to describe with what i've been dealing with: they are about 0.5 cm to 1 cm long, with slim body that kind of reminds on millipede body, they are shiny light brown in color that sometimes seems to look even lighter and shinier when moving, oh and yeah one of most striking thing about them is their speed. Oh they move so fast :/ they don't seems to have antennae or legs(but they probably have a looot of legs when they're moving so fast)..
i noticed that i usually find them individually. i find them when least expected, in my closet, on the walls or hiding in books,under bed and such, they always suprise me(not in a very good way haha).
i prefer to kill insects without coming in touch with them, so i am usually using some bug spray or poison powder which doesn't seems to affect on these creatures, it seems that the only way to kill them is to smash them. i will try to take some pictures of them, but i am not sure i will make it because they are small and fast but i will try.. i am really annoyed by them, but even more annoyed by the fact that i can't find out what are they, what is name for them?...

I have seen these slimy creat
I have seen these slimy creatures near my bedroom windows and in the bathroom. I used isoprophyl alcohol in a spray bottle. And this works to kill them.

Drain worm
It sounds like a drain worm to me...and I think they r hard to get rid of.

Drain Worm, Drain Fly, Filter Fly, Moth Fly
If that's what these are here are a few images by Ashley Bradford:




That's not it either. I'll draw a picture to describe it.

it is called a Firebrat
I see these all the time at work and they are becoming more and more common. it is relative to a Silverfish
I hate the way they move and look (very threatening) almost lizard like
Although small nymphs (those that are less than 1/8 inch long) lack scales, both large nymphs and adults have them. If you see scales around or beneath damaged items, it is a good indication that these pests are the culprits. The scales are delicate, dustlike, and slightly incandescent in the light, and they stick to most surfaces.he common firebrat, Thermobia domestica is shiny, a mottled gray or brown, and about 1/2 inch long. Adults of both species are slender, wingless, soft-bodied insects with 2 long, slender antennae (Figure 1). Their bodies taper gradually from front to rear to 3 long, thin, taillike appendages.

Same problem with no answer
[ I am from Chicago, I don't live near a huge body of water, and I lived in this house before for 20 years and never seen these bugs before. I just moved back after the house was rebuilt, and these thing just now appeared. I would take a photo, but they are too fast and I rather not take one of a dead squished slug thing.]

I just went to go take a shower in my new house, and I seen a few dark grey almost black small looking slugs/worms in my tub and on the sink. They looked like larger tadpoles yet almost like a small leech mixed together. The were very flat and smooth with a very fragile looking body and SLITHERED away extremely fast. I couldn't see a face, antenna or any visible legs on them. They have a tapered body at the back.

I barely touched one with a paper and it was completely squished. They were all about 1.5mm long and a little less than .5mm wide. I have only seen them near places with water and the seem to come from the drain not the faucet. I have seen enough Silverfish to know that these things aren't them. Nor are they drain fly larvae because those are round. And I haven't seen any flatworms that look like these except for the very minute ones, in which case theses would be flatworm on steroids. All the photos I have seen on this post are too large, have a defined head, and seem to have too much color/stronger looking bodies. These are very flat, skinny, dark, and fast.

Saw these "things" too
I've seen the same squiggly bugs that look like a tadpole. Yuck...I can't find anything on the internet. Everyone says its a silverfish....No its not!!!! I know what they are and look like and that is definitely NOT it! Nor is it mosquito larva - they are moving on hard surfaces not in water!It reminds me of a teeny tiny snakehead! The one I saw was in the bathroom squirming around on the floor... then my husband saw one on his desk at work! He tried to smash it twice with his finger lightly and nothing but on the third try he smashed it with force and said it felt hard like it had scales. I want info on these squishy looking things....someone in the bug department needs to do some serious research! A lot of people are seeing the same type of tiny tadpole/snakehead thing! Someone HELP!

Think I know what they are....
I've just found loads of these in my children's paddling pool in my back garden. I googled them and I'm pretty sure they're mosquito larvae. Ill try to post some pictures.

the other night I saw a little, black, worm looking bug that was tadpole like in looks,as it tapered down twords the bottom, and was Extreamly fast moving! it was sitting on my bathmat when I turned on the light but when I went to stomp on it, it moved almost like a snake VERY fast....I have only seen this thing in my bathroom so far and have googled and googled (I am in Boston)....I have been all over the world and seen some crazy bugs....this thing had no antenea or visible legs, it looked smooth and tadpole/worm like it was not a silver fish for sure! but what concerns me is it can move fast and looks like a worm, those two things don't go together for me in making me like it....I want to know what the hell this thing is!?! and what it's capabilities are!?! ...some people on the net have suggested drain fly larvea some have suggested carpet beatle larvea but pictures of these do not resemble the little black worm/tadpole thing I saw.....Ideas???

My idea is for you to capture it
and take some good pictures. If you post pictures on the ID Request page it will be much easier to ID it.

for all that are describing t
for all that are describing these tadpole lookalike creatures found out of you all live near the ocean? just curious because i found them on my bathroom floor and i am 700 feet from the ocean. i am truly creeped out!

Rather than people guessing its appearance...'s a suggestion for those with these strange tadpole like creatures to help with ID.

Type the single word 'silverfish' in the search field on the upper right corner of the page. Dozens of images will show up. Please scan through these images & click on any that might look like what you're seeing to find out what it is. Or link to the photo & tell us how closely it resembles yours. It'll help people with narrowing it down. Not all the images there are silverfish though most are.

Be aware that
- silverfish are usually found in damp places like bathrooms & kitchens
- move VERY fast
- often don't seem to have visible legs
- have very fine thread-like antennae not easily seen
- come in various shades from silvery grey to almost black
- disintegrate easily & are 'powdery'
- run with an undulating movement like a snake
- shun bright lights so run when a bathroom light's turned on

Hope this helps figure out what the insect is people are describing.

Has to be Silverfish
I have been searching this bug or tadpole too, only thing I can find or think of is a infant silverfish, where either the antenna are not fully grown or they are being seen on light colored surfaces instead of dark colored ones. I live in Indiana, where I see them is in my bathroom and I can positively say they are coming in through my ceiling vent after it rains and not all the time and just one or two. They are very similar to a tadpole, but dissolve like a waterbug upon touching them with a papertowel, slithers like a centipede or tadpole, grey in color, has to be a silverfish.

From WV
I found one also n my bath tub got picture will post as soon as I figure outhow to post pics on this site

If you can't figure out out how to
post you can email it to me and I can post it for you. Click on my name to go to my account page if you need my email address.

When you said water...
...I thought of Bristletails.

Here is just one exampe:

More can be found HERE.

And many others HERE.

Keep in mind that with the right color flooring and a fast moving insect, the legs and antennae may be hard to see...

Hope this helps and please try for a picture :)

nope....not it. the shape is
nope....not it. the shape is that of a tadpole. large head tapering off to what looks like a "tail"? maybe it is not a bug at all.....but a worm?? if tadples could live out of water then i would be convinced that is what it is. so odd.

Tadpole bug
I just saw one of these things and was so curious and found this site while searching for it. I have looked on every link on here with photos and none of these match. It crawls like a snake, is shaped just like a tadpole, black in color and is fast but did not appear to have legs.


Please turn off your caps lock. It doesn't help to use it. Thanks.

The exterminator never heard of what you are describing but I can't find where you have described anything here. There is no "common" description here so you have to state what you are seeing. Some people here are saying black and others are saying white with a black back. Some are saying legs while others are saying no legs. Is there any chance of you getting a picture? Even a camera phone image would be better than no image. Surely with all of the people seeing this type of thing, somebody should be able to get a picture...

sorry about the caps lock. i
sorry about the caps lock. it is exactly as everyone else is describing....looks identical to a tadpole but found on the bathroom floor at 2am. wormy like movements blackish in color....however when i cought it in a paper towel it nearly "disintegrated" and no longer looks black but flaky and whitish? strange huh? i dont think it has legs, definetely no antennae and is not a siverfish. I really need help to figure this out....i have a baby who is now crawling and likes to put things in his mouth! Any help would be greatly appreciated...mst people, including exterminators, never heard of such a thing. what is this? no picture yet....only second night of finding it. will try to get one but they seem to move kind of quickly.

"it is exactly as everyone else is describing"
They are many different descriptions here so it is difficult to pin it down using the description "it is black and it is white. It has legs but it doesn't have legs." :)

How quickly can it move with no legs? Maybe you just didn't see the legs... And if it has legs, it should have antennae also. I think v. belov put it best when he said (currently at the bottom of the topic) "all the insects that can run have antennae."

None of our experts have been able to identify any of the various descriptions in this topic yet and all suggestions are reportedly not right. I would highly recommend that ANYBODY seeing these needs to get a picture. I think that will be the only way to get to the bottom of things. Perhaps you could keep a clear cup in your bathroom and cover the next one you see. Maybe that would aid you in getting a picture.

saw one recently again too
I think they do have legs, just tucked under and tiny. This time I was able to smash it and it has a soft body and it's sorta flaky like a moth (if you've smashed a small one of those before).

I thought I knew what it was after reviewing this comments awhile ago but I'm still not sure.


tadpole looking bugs
It worst. They attact themself to your body then form their bodies on your skin. Or if you have a sore they get in n Eat away your skin making a deep hole in your skin.
The only place I got any understanding about these,things was on the MORGELIONS WEB SITE.
I'm fighting daily trying to kill them. I've been on so many meds n lotions but still nothing is stopping them. They even gotten in my nose. I'm so clean its unbelievable. doctors have no reaching on these things. The CDC only spent 6 months investigate n are passing these things off that its all in our heads. REALLY! So the FDA isn't finding a cure.

Your description -- "a soft body and it's sorta flaky like a moth" -- is a perfect description of silverfish. Thry can certainly be pests, especially of paper, but they can't bite or sting and don't carry diseases.

Carrion Beetle Larvae?
They are long with noticeable plate-like segments and move quite quickly.

I do not know of any insect that looks like the description that is harmful. These creatures are best let go outside. I personally never use any bug-killing sprays indoors since they are fifty times more harmful than any invertebrate that is in the home.

black bug looks like a tadpole!
I found a small bug that's really quick and looks like a tadpole (bigger head that gets smaller towards the back). He was blackish with no antenna or legs sticking out, all you could see was his body. I spayed him with bug spray and he flipped over and that's when I saw he had legs. He really does not look like a silverfish. Any ideas? I live in Boston, MA.


tadpole like bug
i live in ireland and i have found bugs in my bedrooms that look like what you have described. i have'nt a clue what they are, they don't seem to be in large amounts, just found one or two on different days. they seem to come from under the skirting boards and move very quickly. did you get rid of yours? can you advise me on how to get rid of them?

it is the policy of this site...
...not to provide pest control advice. you should contact appropriate services in your community.

I understand you cannot offer advice regarding pest control.

However, it would be nice to have some sort of identification of this insect.

I recently have noticed these near my shower along the floor boards. They move more like a snake with their tail then most insects I have seen. It is a very odd creature I've yet to capture. I'll do my best to get a photo of this insect.

yes...that is exactly it. the
yes...that is exactly it. they move more like a snake/worm than an insect. and do look exactly like a tadpole, though not in water. very fragile, fell apart when i caught it with tissue. nothing on these images is what i found. this is unbelievable that noone has heard of this or can identify it. i just hope and pray that it is not a parasite!

black worm like tadpole looking
any luck finding out what this is and how we keep them away? Nothing on this page is what I see in my apartement

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