‘Jumping Earthworms’ Giving New York Gardeners Headaches
It seems we've been asked to be on the lookout for a few invasive species in New York State, including the Japanese Knotweed, the Lymantria dispar dispar, and the Spotted Lanternfly.
And here's another one for you. One that I've never heard of. The Jumping Earthworm. Maybe you have. I did my usual research and found out just what this species is, and why it is an invasive species.
According to the 'I Map Invasives' website, these Jumping worms are different from the typical Earthworm. They are non-native (originally from Asia) earthworms and threaten soil and plant communities in the Northeast U.S., including New York State. They make it hard for plants to grow.
The I Map Invasives website contains a map where these jumping worms have been found in New York State, including the Southern Tier. The website has a link to report any findings of the jumping worm as well as other information about the worm.
These worms are cocoons from November through April, juveniles during the months of May and June, and Adults during the months of July through October. How do you know if you have discovered a jumping worm? According to I Map Invasives, they have a snake-like wriggling behavior. Other earthworms have slower motions as they expand and contract.
What can you do if you find a jumping worm? I Map Invasives suggests for individual worms, dispose of them either by sealing them in a bag such as a sandwich bag and placing it in the sun or use alcohol or vinegar and then place them in your garbage. You should also report the finding through the website. Also, don't use these worms as bait for fishing.
via I Map Invasives