Jumping Worms – whoever heard of such a thing?

A few weeks ago, I was transplanting some perennials along my shoreline and as I was digging, I saved the worms for fishing in the canal later.

I was quite surprised at the energy of these little rascals as they thrashed about.  Once pronged with a hook, they almost took off. I thought the fish would love these, and I was right, and caught a couple of fish fairly quickly.

The trouble is the worms are an environmental nightmare for our area, as they devour all the humus  and nutrients required by indigenous plants.

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Click to access JumpingWoms_FactSheet-11_15_17-2026fwt.pdf

 

Jumping worms are PROHIBITED by the New York State Dept. of

Environmental Conservation. Prohibited invasive species cannot be knowingly possessed with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce.

Do NOT buy or use jumping worms for bait, vermicomposting or gardening .

Only sell, purchase or trade compost that was heated to appropriate temperatures and duration following protocols for reducing pathogens .

Clean compost, soil and debris from vehicles, personal gear, equipment, and gardening tools before moving to and from sites .

Dispose of all live worms in the trash or place them in a bag and leave out in the sun for at least 10 minutes. Then throw bag away.

 

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

2 thoughts on “Jumping Worms – whoever heard of such a thing?”

  1. Unfortunately, Jumping Worms are PROHIBITED by the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Prohibited invasive species cannot be knowingly possessed with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce.

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  2. Good grief! Jumping works, dog strangling vines…we’re being invaded!
    At least these worms make good fish bait! An enterprising individual could develop a nice worm selling to fishermen business and make some $$ on these pesky critters! Now if we could only figure out some money making business for those vines!

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