Earthworm plague sweeps Cincinnati

I am still working on the main blog entry for today, after having done many errands, cleaned, and wrote on my other blog first. But this caught my attention. Ew. Gross!

Earthworm plague sweeps Cincinnati

Recent heavy rains and the mating season thought to be the causes of the worm deaths in the Ohio Tri-State (In other words, they don’t know)

People across the Tri-State [Ohio Indiana Kentucky] awoke to an unusual sight Thursday — thousands of earthworms lying dead on sidewalks and porches. WLWT was first alerted to the issue by Rick in West Chester. “This appears to have started sometime yesterday afternoon, as I do not remember seeing them yesterday morning,” Rick wrote. Shortly after Rick’s email, WLWT reporter Brian Hamrick began taking photos from his home in Florence, where thousands of worms coated the sidewalks of his neighborhood. After one post on FB, more than 90 people said they had seen the same thing, from Fairfield, to Mount Airy, Pleasant Ridge, Independence and Sardinia. We even got confirmation from our sister TV station in Louisville that they had a few hundred dead worms on their sidewalk. WLWT went in search of an answer as to why so many worms died all at once. Lee Townsend, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky, said there could be three reasons: the recent heavy rains, mating season or acidic soils. Townsend said the rain and mating season were the most probably culprits. During mating season, the worms climb out of the ground and can get stuck on surfaces like the sidewalk, where they are left to die.”

In another article, they report, “After one post on Facebook, more than 90 people said they had seen the same thing, from Fairfield to Mount Airy, Pleasant Ridge, Independence and Sardinia. WLWT even got confirmation from its sister TV station in Louisville that they had a few hundred dead worms on their sidewalk. WLWT went in search of an answer as to why so many worms died all at once.”

It isn’t a plague of frogs, nor a plague of lice, nor a plague of flies. (Exodus 8-9). It is a plague of worms. I didn’t change the words in the MSNBC headline. That was theirs. Entomologists are trying to explain why three states are experiencing a plague of worms that are grossing people out. Heavy rains? There are many springs and early summers where it rains hard. Mating season? Doesn’t that happen every year? From day to day, things sure are getting exciting! I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
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