Southeast Gardening forum: Invasive New Guinea Flatworm

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Nov 5, 2016 5:16 PM CST
Just learned about this. There was some discussion on the Florida forum where this invasive flatworm has been discovered, but it could appear in neighboring states so be on the lookout. This flatworm has been found in 22 countries.

A few links:

Use the keywords invasive flatworm and/or New Guinea flatworm to read more about this invasive flatworm.

Apparently, we should not touch these flatworms; their slime coat is acidic and could cause a skin irritation/reaction. They are said to be an intermediate host for Rat Lungworm disease which can be spread from rats to humans and is as unpleasant as Heartworm is for dogs.

Here is more information about the Rat Lungworm:
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Nov 6, 2016 4:19 PM CST
Blinking Blinking Blinking This is scary. What's next?

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