The small brown worms that are found inside houses are often millipedes. They are especially fond of basements and may live indoors year-round, although they are most common from the spring through the fall.
Millipedes are recognizable because they have many legs. Outside they live in damp habitats and are responsible for helping organic matter decay. However, if the population becomes too large or the area grows too wet, millipedes sometimes move indoors in search of a better location. They are not harmful. Millipedes neither bite nor sting, and they do not consume food or furnishings found inside the home. They also do not produce offspring if they are indoors.Learn More
Worms move by using their longitudinal muscles, circular muscles and setae. Setae are small hairs that protrude from each segment of the worm's body. Worms can extend these hairs into the surrounding dirt in order to anchor one segment of itself while it pulls the rest of its body forward.Full Answer >
The diet of a worm is based off its location, but worms traditionally eat everything from dead leaves to melon rinds and even cardboard. Studies show that worms are one of the only creatures on the planet that use just about all solid waste as their main diet. This is why many environmentalists believe that worms have the ability to save the planet. They suggest that worms be added to landfills to help eat the waste before it builds up.Full Answer >
Catalpa worms are actually caterpillars that are attracted to the catalpa tree, according to forester Steve Nix for About.com. These catalpa worms are often used for fishing bait and can be detected by their yellow color and dark black lines.Full Answer >
The cerebral ganglion serves as a worm's brain. It is a collection of neurons, nerves and supporting structures that process input from the outside world, such as heat, light, movement and moisture. The ventral nerve on the underside of a worm is primarily responsible for sensory input.Full Answer >