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Tiny Red Worms in My Pond

Tiny, thin, blood-red worms can often be found in ponds and pond filters. Generally called bloodworms because of their colour, these worms will not harm any fish or animals in the pond.

Types

There are two types of bloodworms that look similar. One is midge larvae or Chironomidae, while the other is an adult worm in the Polychaeta worm family, according to ImmunoCAP.

Warning

Some people can develop allergic reactions to touching dried, frozen or live bloodworms. Symptoms include itchy skin and breathing problems. Wash your hands after touching them.

Function

Bloodworms help to control decaying food and plants that can sap oxygen from pond water. They can help keep pond water healthy enough for plants and fish to thrive in, according to All About Worms.

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Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.