Mini-Nope Rope: Look Out For Jumping Worms in Iowa This Summer
The jumping worm has been spotted in several Iowa counties and it's a destructive thing that you're asked to dispose of if you encounter it.
I always love when nature takes an already gross-enough bug and adds a skill to it and that's what we have with the jumping worm in Iowa. As KCCI reports, they're a type of earthworm and they get that name because they jump and wriggle very violently when you find them.
This summer, the worms have been found in Scott County, according to KCWI, and also in the counties of: Polk, Story, Winneshiek, Dubuque, Clayton, Buchanan, Muscatine, Linn, Johnson, and Jefferson.
Guys, the eggs of these things are 2 millimeters and can stick to the bottom of your shoe, according to Donald Lewis, Iowa State University entomology professor.
Why Are They A Problem?
Basically, they eat more than garden worms do and there isn't a pesticide right now that can deal with them. Cornell University says that they can help spread invasive plant species too as they infest the soil. In summary: they mess up the landscaping and you don't want them in your garden.
What Do I Do When I Find Them?
You'll see a white band around them, that's how you know it's a jumping worm. Step one is to not call me because I will not be there but what you should do is actually specific. According to Cornell:
If you have a small population of jumping worms, handpick and destroy them by bagging them and throwing them in the trash, or place them in a bag and leave out in the sun for at least 10 minutes; then throw the bag away.
Hopefully, you won't encounter these this summer.