Thousands of jumping worms like a plague

Jumping worms, an invasive species, can be found in all counties in Vermont but Essex and Orleans. Photo courtesy Dr. Josef Görres

By Lauren Harkawik
NEWFANE - “I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the worst things you could ever do, from a personal comfort standpoint, but I did it.” 
These words were delivered by Eric Durocher, of Newfane, when telling The Deerfield Valley News about a cleanup he did at his home this month. A cleanup he likened to a horror movie. What was he cleaning? Worms. Jumping worms. And lots of them. He estimates he cleaned 6,000 off of his property, by hand, over a 24-hour period. And as if that wasn’t horrific enough, what happened next was perhaps even worse.

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