worms - Knowledgebase Question

ST AUGUSTINE, Fl
Question by maryelly
September 30, 2009
THIS MORNING I HAD HUNDREDS OF LONG BLACK WORMS IN THE DRIVEWAY, THE SIDEWALK, IN THE DRAINS IN FRONT OF YARD.
WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DO I DO. I HAVE PEST CONTROL AND TERMITE SERVICE. NEW HOME ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD. HELP

MARY MARESCA


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Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009

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There are always lots of worms in healthy soils and they are helpful in that they aerate the soil and keep in rich in minerals by recycling the soil. Usually they remain below ground but if the soil is overly saturated they surface for air and they can crawl on a thin layer of moisture so I suspect you had a really heavy rainfall (or you left your sprinkler system on too long!) and they tried to escape the flood. Once the moisture evaporates from the sidewalk and driveway they are stuck and cannot make their way back to the soil. I'd hose them back into the lawn and garden beds. Those that are alive will bury themselves in the earth. Those that dehydrated will quickly decompose.

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