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Tennessee Invaded By Unwelcome 'Jumping Worm', Experts Say "KILL IT"

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Invasive Jumping Worms are coming into Tennessee and nearby states. Experts warn that's bad. So bad, The Missouri Department of Conservation has encouraged anyone who sees one to kill it.

(Photo: University of Illinois)

“Jumping worms” (Amynthas spp) are four to eight inches long, thrash if you try to handle them, and move fast like a snake. And they destroy the populations of good crawling things like regular earthworms, centipedes, and more.

Jumping Worms have previously been on the coasts, but have moved into states like Missouri and Tennessee. They are found in leaf litter. And if you see ground-up soil that looks like coffee grounds, that's a sign they're around.

To prevent jumping worms, here's some tips from the University of Illinois.

  • Thoroughly clean tools, shoes, and vehicles when moving from one site to another.
  • Only purchase compost, mulch, or other organic matter that has been heated to appropriate temperatures and duration to reduce the spread of pathogens, insects, and weeds. Jumping worm egg casings do not survive temperatures over 104°F
  • Follow Plant Sharing Best Practices
  • Do Not buy jumping worms for bait, vermicomposting, or gardens.

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