Hungry Worm Species Surfacing In Chicago

Jennifer Keiper
August 14, 2019 - 7:38 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago is being invaded by worms – and not the ones you're used to seeing.

So-called jumping worms are larger than earth worms and have a pale collar around their bodies. They get their name from the thrashing they do when they’re disturbed.

Chris Evans, a University of Illinois Extension Service forester, said the worms live in the upper layer of soil and have voracious appetites that can do some damage.

“You’ll see less fertility in your soil … basically your plants have a harder time growing,” he said Wednesday.

Don’t spread the worms around, Evans advises.

Jumping worms, originally from East Asia, were first reported in this area around 2015.