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Beware: Jumping worms are invading Minnesota

by Karin L. Nauber

A “new” invasive species has been found within the United States and has made its way into Minnesota.

It is the jumping worm and can be a major problem, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

A recent news release from the DNR states that they are cautioning gardeners and anglers to be on the lookout for invasive jumping worms. These destructive worms can quickly degrade soils and damage garden plants and lawns.

“Jumping worms are a relatively new invasive species in Minnesota and they are a threat to gardens and forests,” said Laura Van Riper, DNR terrestrial invasive species coordinator. “They make rich soil more like coffee grounds. They eat plant roots, damaging garden plants and sod.” . . .



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