Invasive Asian jumping worms confirmed at Sturgeon

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An infestation of Asian jumping worms, reported July 6, was confirmed July 12 at the Sturgeon Bay municipal compost site. The worms are an invasive species that eat through organic matter and their excrement leaves the soil like coffee grounds (left). It is hard for plants to grow in this soil, unlike uninvaded soil (right).

STURGEON BAY – The city announced on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that it has confirmed the presence of a harmful invasive species of worm in the mulch pile at the city’s compost site, from which people can take mulch for use in their yards and gardens.

The Door County Invasive Species Team received a report July 6 from a resident of possible Asian jumping worms in the mulch. DCIST forwarded the report to the Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services Department, and those two entities worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to investigate the claim.

“Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that we do have an infestation of the Asian jumping worm,” the city’s Facebook post said Wednesday. “As of now we do not have a definite resolution for the issue. We will be working with Door County Invasive Species Team and the experts at the WI DNR to come up with a resolution.”

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