Invasive Species in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn (FOX47) – An invasive species has been spotted on the outer edges of the Olmsted County Compost Site.

A species of earthworm called the Jumping Worm is spreading throughout the Midwest.

The worm looks like a normal earthworm but when disturbed, thrashes erratically, which is why they are called Jumping worms.

What makes them dangerous for the Midwest, is they feast on mulch and strip vital nutrients from the top soil causing plants to die and increase erosion.

The public is being asked to check leaf and grass piles before dropping them off at the Compost Site.

If jumping worms are found, call 507-328-7070 or email pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us.

For more information, go to www.co.olmsted.mn.us/compostsite

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