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  • Worms in Water Trough? (not earth worms either)

    I empty, scrub and refill the water trough weekly. With the cool weather we've had, I'll admit its been three weeks since I've scrubbed it out and refilled it (just kept adding fresh water to it daily). Today when I went to empty, scrub and refill, i saw about 10 - 20 worms floating around. They looked like skinny, dead, see-through earth worms, but I dont think they were! What could this be? Has anyone else had this?
    Kim
    The Galloping Grape
    Warrenton, VA
    http://www.GallopingGrape.com

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    They were see through?? Not sure what those are but I've seen plenty of mosquito larvae in water troughs. Those are short and dark gray/red when alive.

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    • #3
      So these were not tiny, thin, dark mosquito larvae?

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        #4
        I've never seen mosquito larve, but no, they weren't tiny. I'd say they were between 2 or 3inches long.....
        Kim
        The Galloping Grape
        Warrenton, VA
        http://www.GallopingGrape.com

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          #5
          ...maybe not three inches, but definitely two inches
          Kim
          The Galloping Grape
          Warrenton, VA
          http://www.GallopingGrape.com

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          • #6
            Another vote for it being mosquito larvae...eeeew!

            ETA: oops you just posted before me...2 inches then probably not mosquito

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            • #7
              Earthworms that have been in water for a while start looking not like earthworms.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GallopingGrape View Post
                They looked like skinny, dead, see-through earth worms,
                which is just what they are--they crawl in to commit suicide.
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                ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
                  which is just what they are--they crawl in to commit suicide.
                  Oh, I must see the literature on suicidal earth worms Actually, I would guess that but my suicidal earthworms are never see through. They are still pink although a bit more translucent, but not see-through. But NONE are ever just two inches long.

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                  • #10
                    Blah...that's gross!

                    Could birds be dropping worms in the trough?

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                    • #11
                      I had the same problem at one point this winter. I think it happened after I bashed the ice from the top of the tank with my foot. There must have been some manure/worm larvae on the bottom of my boot.

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                      • #12
                        They could be Horsehair worms -

                        http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardand...horsehair.html

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                        • #13
                          We gave our water barrels a good scrub with a tiny bit of household bleach, then rinsed thoroughly.

                          It helps reduce algae buildup.
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                          • #14
                            Many years ago, I walked up to a smaller cattle water trough and it had bunches of little pale red 1" to 2" worms.
                            I called our vet, that was an entomology specialist and he told me they were parasites generally carried by coons and were harmless and they would die soon, to scoop as many as I wanted off, but didn't need to do more.
                            I didn't catch the name of the worms and, being before the internet, didn't have a handy way to check them out anyway.

                            I cleaned and bleached the tank, just in case and have never seen anything like that again.

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                            • #15
                              Have not seen this in the horse water trough but in the dog water dish. They look more like nematodes, very skinny and only about 1 inch long to me and I am also wondering why they keep crawling into the water to die......

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                              • #16
                                Nematodes. Horsehair worms are one type of nematode.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by GallopingGrape View Post
                                  I empty, scrub and refill the water trough weekly. With the cool weather we've had, I'll admit its been three weeks since I've scrubbed it out and refilled it (just kept adding fresh water to it daily). Today when I went to empty, scrub and refill, i saw about 10 - 20 worms floating around. They looked like skinny, dead, see-through earth worms, but I dont think they were! What could this be? Has anyone else had this?
                                  daily clean it -- and then you wont have a problem and worm your horses

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                                    #18
                                    Its a 75 gallon tank, and doesn't really need cleaned daily. Definitely weekly, I'm pretty religious about it (except this time!).... I googled this topic and got a bunch of "earthworms". Maybe they weren't totally see thru, but kinda pink/grey, but I could "see in them" and see a red vein, which made me say "see thru"..... I'm guessing suicidal earth worms.
                                    Kim
                                    The Galloping Grape
                                    Warrenton, VA
                                    http://www.GallopingGrape.com

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