Weird Looking Worm Found In US. They Say It’s Immortal!
Jan 14th, 2022
Even up to this day there are insects and living organisms under the ground that will continue to surprise us. In fact, there could be a lot of creepy crawlies living just under your feet at this very moment that you are still not familiar with. Most of them go unnoticed most of the time, however, there are a few exceptions.
One of the latest discoveries was of this monster that might just be living in your backyard and takes a particular liking to your greenhouse. In fact, they have been visiting greenhouses all across America these days. But don’t worry because they live on a diet of other subterranean lifeforms, sometimes including their own.
One day, the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control received a strange call on their hotline from a resident reporting a sighting of a weird-looking snake that was found outside their home in Midlothian, VA.
The team quickly went to the location and they discovered a foot-long worm with a crescent-shaped head. These are called the “Hammerhead Worms” and they are believed to be immortal!
The experts explain that they are like earthworms but they can regenerate their limbs after being cut. Also, their tremendous size and voracious appetite are scary. They feast on various organisms that can be found in the soil, including the common earthworm. However, when they are too hungry, they can consume even themselves.
The Hammerhead Worm hails from Asia, but now, they have become completely invasive to the United States. In fact, they have been spotted all over the country since 2013.
The first known sighting of these worms outside of their homeland was in 1878, in an ecologically diverse greenhouse located in the Kew Gardens of London. Since then, they were given their scientific name, ‘Bipalium kewense,’ after the tropical greenhouse where they were spotted for the first time.
Since the early ’90s, these worms have been slowly migrating through France and other French colonial territories, including most of Europe. And now, they are believed to have reached northern Africa as well. This species of worm love warm, humid environments. That’s why they thrive here in the U.S.
But don’t worry if nocturnal bugs or worms creep you out as the Hammerhead Worms are thought to be rare to the continental United States.
Also, pest control experts assure everyone that these worms are completely harmless to human beings. And if you spot them in your backyard or your garden, getting rid of them is not that complicated either. You would only need some everyday household items. You can use salt to eradicate the worms. Others have also used orange essence to completely exterminate the population of these invasive worms.
No matter which method you choose to use to get rid of the Hammerhead Worms, make sure that you take the time to double-check the nutrient levels of your soil, before and after. Doing so will ensure that you are not damaging any flora that you may want to keep around you.
The Hammerhead Worms might not be going anywhere in the near future. So if you are worried about Hammerhead Worms invasion, just learn to live with them for now. Knowing your enemy is the best way to defeat them in battle.