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Friday, August 25, 2017

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Kristin

Ugh, I have not heard of them being down here yet, but I do get plants occasionally from my mother-in-law, so I guess I'd better check the soil carefully when she does share. Good luck dealing with them!

Peter/Outlaw

Thanks for the information & link. I'd no idea that there was an invasive worm or that worms haven't been present in much of North America since before the ice age. Like most gardeners, I always viewed the presence of earthworms as a positive thing.

Linda Brazill

At the time they were first identified in Dane County we were the westward edge of their spread. Not sure if that is still true. When I first heard of them they were also called Alabama jumping worms; that may be where they were first identified.

Linda Brazill

Amazing all the stuff we don't know until suddenly it becomes personally important. Can't believe I am bagging worms! I used to be such a fastidious girl.

Barbara H.

This is rather disturbing, especially since they are also called Alabama Jumpers. I sent an email to our Extension Agent asking about them. Hopefully he will reply. We have lots of fishing up here in the NE corner of Alabama and it sounds like they are popular fish bait - not good.

Linda Brazill

Yes, I've heard that is what they are also called and how they are used. We have had to cancel plant sales and sales of the botanic gardens' mulch to try to stop the spread. Those were big fundraisers for all the non profit garden groups. The worms change the tilth of the soil and plants can't grow.

Lisa at Greenbow

Gosh I can really see the difference. How weird. I had never heard of them until you wrote about them before. I hope they don't come here. It is amazing how many detrimental invasive species can move through the country.

Linda Brazill

I was just reading about zebra mussels in Madison's big lake.

Jason

These new worms are really creepy.

Loree / danger garden

Ugh. These guys have moved into Oregon but thus far not as far north as Portland. Good luck with the battle...

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