Subject: Little black pods?
Location: Mid Atlantic, Maryland, USA
July 10, 2014 7:28 am
I’m finding these pods around my house lately. I’ve squished them because I wanted to check and see if they were mouse droppings. They’re not. They are insect egg pods but I have no idea what I’m dealing with here. They look like grains of wild rice. Can you help me figure this out? Want to make sure we don’t have some kind of an infestation!
Signature: Nervous about pods
Dear Nervous about pods,
This is the Puparium of a Fly and if you are finding them in your home, we are guessing that somewhere in the home maggots were feeding on something. When they are ready to pupate, the Maggots travel some distance from the food source and there they molt and transform into a Puparium. Once back in the 1980s, our editorial staff discovered that Flesh Flies had discovered a bag with some rotting potatoes under the kitchen sink, and our first awareness was the Fly Puparia that appeared along the baseboard in the kitchen. If you don’t find undiscarded garbage somewhere in the home, we would speculate on the possibility of a dead mouse or other creature between the walls. Forensics for Fiction has a nice image of Fly Puparia.