We received a post from a female who found some “worms” on her patio. She said she discovered them after two days of heavy rain. She said she has never seen them before with or without rain. Finally, she mentioned there are no potted plants, flowerbeds, or gardens in the yard.
The photo shows the “worm” next to a toothpick for comparison. It is skinnier than the toothpick, but about the same size in length. It is very light pink and almost translucent in some places. What could it be?
We believe that she has discovered some type of earthworms. Many people find a lot of earthworms all over sidewalks and driveways after heavy rain. Some believe that the worms are forced to briefly leave their home in the soil due to all the water, and this is why the suddenly appear. Earthworms need moisture to survive, so that could also be why they are more abundant after rain. Although the photo she sent shows a worm that is a little smaller than the typical earthworm, it still resembles the segmented worm.
These worms are harmless and are very good for the soil, so it is in our reader’s best interest to let them be! However, if she finds them truly unsightly, she could consider putting up a birdfeeder that will attract birds to eat some of the worms.
To sum up, our reader discovered some worms on her patio after it rained. We believe that these are earthworms!
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