Crazy Snake Worms

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The thought that worms are good for soil is not always true.  The invasive Crazy Snake Worm is definitely the exception.  This destructive pest threatens to destroy landscapes by depleting the soil of organic material leaving the grass, plants and trees to struggle and possibly die.  Crazy Snake Worms look very similar to the common Nightcrawler.   William Flahive explains how you can tell the 2 apart.   “A night crawler it is thick-skinned and when it stretches becomes long.  If you touch its nose, the tails flattens out.  Crazy Snake Worms are also long, but tend to be more slender.  The Crazy Snake Worm will squirm violently when handled, sometimes actually leaping from one’s hand.  It has the ability to shed its tail, which continues to squirm, while the rest of the earthworm will try to escape.”

According to Donna Levy, Integrated Pest Management Specialist at Cornell Plantations, “Amynthas is an annual worm.”   This explains why the worms are seen in late summer, early fall.  They overwinter as eggs.

The following link is a very informative research document by William Flahive.  CT Invasive Worms vers 10 4 11. 

Harrington’s Organic Land Care is looking into deterrent options for this destructive pest.

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  1. Moles & Crazy Snake Worms | Harrington's Organic Land Care - September 29, 2014

    […] We are receiving calls daily regarding lawns and landscapes that are infested with moles. We are trying to find out why there is all of a sudden such an increase of moles. It could be grubs but our conclusion is that it is more than likely from the presence of invasive Crazy Snake Worm that is invading our Connecticut soils. These worms deplete the nutrients that beneficial organisms and worms, such as night crawlers, need to survive and keep the soil healthy. Its good that the moles are potentially going after the Crazy Snake Worms but its unfortunate that the moles are destroying the lawns and landscapes in the process. We have products to manage both the moles and the Crazy Snake Worm with all natural products. We recommend 2-3 applications for best results. The Crazy Snake Worms produces different generations throughout the year and overwinters eggs. That is why we recommend multiple applications. Please give us a call today for a quote to manage both moles and the Crazy Snake Worm. To learn more about the Crazy Snake Worm, check out our blog post http://harringtonsorganic.com/crazy-snake-worms-2/ […]

  2. Moles & Crazy Snake Worms | Harrington's Organic Land Care - October 21, 2014

    […] We have products to manage both the moles and the Crazy Snake Worm with all natural products. We recommend 2-3 applications for best results. The Crazy Snake Worms produces different generations throughout the year and overwinters eggs. That is why we recommend multiple applications. Please give us a call today for a quote to manage both moles and the Crazy Snake Worm. To learn more about the Crazy Snake Worm, check out our blog post http://harringtonsorganic.com/crazy-snake-worms-2/ […]

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