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Asian Jumping Worms

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From: Joan Heitmanek
Elmhurst, IL
My grass has been being torn up by some critters, don’t know what kind. This started early October. I had grub control done in June and True Green now thinks I have Asian jumping worms (although he and I saw none) and they don’t treat for this. Any ideas of how I got these and what to do about it? I am wondering if my lawn mowing service could be spreading this around the neighborhood. HELP!

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Jumping worms are quite obvious in late summer and if you did not see any, then would not think the worms are the problem. for more information - https://extension.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/invasive_species_alert_jumping_worms.pdf There is no effective treatment for jumping worms

Towards the fall of the year both skunks and racoons will tear up the lawn looking for grubs (I understand you had the lawn treated). Racoons back up pulling the sod up as they go, skunks dig individual topped shaped holes.

After finding no grubs, they move on, but not before doing damage. I hope this helps.

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