Insect and Bug ID forum: worm identification

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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Nov 1, 2014 2:07 PM CST
Can someone help id these white worms in my bird bath/bee waterer? They are about 15 mm in length.
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Toni
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Name: Greene
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greene
Nov 1, 2014 2:18 PM CST
My guess would be ascarids or roundworms; intestinal parasites in wild birds.

We de-worm our pets but we cannot do that for the wild birds. That's why it is important to keep the bird bath clean.
Good luck.
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Nov 1, 2014 5:27 PM CST
Thank you @greene.
I wish I could help them
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 1, 2014 5:28 PM CST
You may not be able to help all the wild birds, but you can protect yourself, your children and your pets. Even a little thing can help break the cycle.
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
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Toni
Nov 3, 2014 11:11 AM CST
@greene, do you mean by just cleaning my bird bath? Or is there something else? I do clean my birdbath regularly....
Thank you for your help Rolling my eyes.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 3, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Okay, if I am understanding the question correctly...and forgive me if this is too much information.
Yes, there is more we can do.

We in the United States don't talk about intestinal parasites or worms. In other cultures they admit that humans can have intestinal parasites and they take steps to control it.

Long ago we knew why we ate certain foods at certain times of the year; why we used certain herbs and spices. All of that knowledge included the treatment of intestinal parasites. But now it seems that no one talks about it. It's still happening, we just don't want to hear it or talk about it. Or we think that only children playing in the dirt can catch this stuff.

Lots of people think that only poor countries with bad sanitation have intestinal parasites. Not true. It can happen to anyone, anytime. People who have pets usually have their dogs and cats checked for worms about once or twice a year. But people, almost never.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0301/p1161.html

The Dr Oz show did an episode about 'the ins and outs of worms':
http://www.doctoroz.com/article/ins-and-outs-intestinal-worm...

And this site has a section about worms from pets to people (check what is says about gardeners):
http://www.petalia.com.au/Templates/StoryTemplate_Process.cf...

Here in the US we like to use leaf blowers which raised worm eggs left by birds/dogs/cats/raccoons, etc. and we breath in all that dust including the parasite eggs. I see in your avatar you have a (cute as can be Lovey dubby )child or possibly a grandchild. Children are forever putting their hands into their mouths and that's one way the worms can spread. But adults are not immune. I'm no expert on this subject but had occasion to do a bit of study.If you use the key words 'leaf blowers and intestinal parasites' you will find links similar to this one:
http://www.2ndchance.info/baylisascaris.htm
While I am out walking my dog, I always try to keep my face and my dogs face covered if be encounter someone using a leaf blower.
Heck, even a brisk day with high winds can make the eggs part of the dust we are breathing in.

But there is hope in food.
Here is an example of a link that shows which foods we can consume regulary to keep the tiney critters at bay. http://www.hydroholistic.com/blog/nutrition/10-foods-that-he...
Pumpkin and/or cloves can help, too. I think eating some heavily spiced pumpkin pie about once every two months is a step in the right direction. Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Nov 6, 2014 5:27 PM CST
@greene,
That was a most excellent reply with so much information. Really I do appreciate that you have taken so much time to help me remember that it can be an issue and what to do about it. Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Nov 6, 2014 9:33 PM CST
It's a yucky subject, but one we should take a bit seriously, thanks. I tip my hat to you.
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