A wild goose chase, or a wild worm chase to be more exact

United States
July 20, 2016 12:13pm CST
Yesterday we were in the pool enjoying ourselves. All of a sudden my husband got the net and pulled something from the bottom of the pool. He put it on the cement area and it looked like a string - but it was moving...it was rather creepy. I didn't take a photo of it, but I will provide a link so you can see what it looked like. He had a hard time killing it. It was about 7 to 8 inches long, very thin, dark brown and the 'tail' part moved. It took several hits with a piece of wood to kill it. About 20 minutes later my husband asked if I knew what a tape worm looked it. He thought maybe whatever this was had somehow come out of Ruby. By then I was worried so I got out of the pool, changed clothes and head to the commuter. I looked up tapeworm, but the thing from the pool was not a tape worm. So I Googled, 'long thing brown worm' and came up with a horsehair worm. Yes, the photo matched the 'thing' from the pool. I read up on this horsehair worm and reassured my husband it didn't 'come out of Ruby'! Of course when we went in the pool earlier we both looked around to see if there were any more - thank goodness the one yesterday was it! You can read about this interesting worm here:
Horsehair Worms (cabbagehair, gordiid or gordian worm), Gordiacea (Nematomorphora) Habitat: These active, long, thread-like roundworms are occasionally found on sidewalks or patios, in water-troughs and domestic water supplies, on cabbage plants and garden
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@JohnRoberts (62949)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Jul 16
That is still creepy. Some long worm in your pool.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
I'm surprised I didn't have a nightmare about it.
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@LadyDuck (175970)
• Switzerland
20 Jul 16
If you have cabbage or something alike the worm surely came from there. Do not worry.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
We don't have cabbage...it came from a bug - probably the giant grasshopper we found in the skimmer basket.
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@LadyDuck (175970)
• Switzerland
21 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill It surely was a very big grasshopper.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
@LadyDuck It was! The biggest I've ever seen around here.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
It surprised me to find such an abundant life form was unknown to me.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
It still creeps me out, strange - when it started moving I almost lost it LOL!
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill I bet you did not have spaghetti for lunch afterwards.
• United States
20 Jul 16
@Asylum LMAO - no - no way no how!
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@sallypup (28508)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Jul 16
Thank Goodness it did not come from Ruby. Tapeworms mean fleas when an animal has them.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
She's on flea meds so I knew she didn't have tapeworms. He worries about her more than I do and that's saying something. Of course now her nickname is 'wormy'.....
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@sallypup (28508)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill Poor little Ruby. So picked on.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
@sallypup Sad isn't it LOL!
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• United States
20 Jul 16
i'm somewhat saddened that'cher hubs killed't :( glad'ja found out what't was though 'n perhaps yer minds't better ease? dang, i need me some'f those to help with the grasshopper population!
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• United States
20 Jul 16
Not sure they control anything..they hatch from grasshoppers the same I read.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill really?? dang, i must'a not read through that thoroughly? i thought that 'twas the stage they could do harm? off to read 'gain!
@Susan2015 (21672)
• United States
21 Jul 16
Eww, I don't want to see one in person.
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• United States
22 Jul 16
I know what you mean...I would have been quite happy never seeing one.
@suziecat7 (3393)
• Asheville, North Carolina
21 Jul 16
It would certainly have freaked me out. Glad you found out what it was.
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• United States
22 Jul 16
Thanks...I think many of us learned a new creature.
@LeaPea2417 (21997)
• Toccoa, Georgia
21 Jul 16
Wow, I learned something new today. I have never heard of Horsehair Worms!
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• United States
21 Jul 16
I think many of us learned something new.
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• Rochester, New York
21 Jul 16
Oh wow! I would freak out if I found that and it was moving around.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
It was definitely like a scifi movie there for a few minutes.
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@PatZAnthony (12970)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Jul 16
Well, horsehair worms don't need to show up here! Strange, aren't they?
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• United States
21 Jul 16
We could have lived happily w/o ever seeing one up close!
@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 16
That would have been horrible if it had come out of Ruby, thank goodness it didn't. A scary moment for you, though.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
We have so many crazy bugs/insects here that you have to worry when you see something so weird - especially in the pool!
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jul 16
I'd be freaking out and getting out of the pool too!!!!!!!
• United States
20 Jul 16
I didn't freak out I am much bigger! Lol
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill if the wormy thing was your size everyone would be freaking out
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• United States
22 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt Then it would be a sci-fi movie for sure. I found a blade of dry grass floating in the pool earlier and freaked out LOL!
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@JudyEv (134920)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
Yuk. So glad it wasn't a tapeworm!
• United States
21 Jul 16
So were we LOL!
@BettyB (4209)
• Summerville, South Carolina
21 Jul 16
I hope you don't find anymore of those yucky things in the water.
• United States
21 Jul 16
I make my husband check the pool before I go in LOL