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Hello,  While I know earthworms are good for the garden, we have had an extreme amount of nightcrawlers near our driveway and sidewalk. This is the first year we have ever had such a problem,my question is, do they carry any type of disease, and how can I get ride of them?


Selectively prepare the locations where you wish to halt earthworm activity as follows:

1)remove castings from surface.

2)puncture soil surface with a pronged garden tool.

3)Soak soil under low pressure until it is saturated to depth.

4)Apply liquid carbaryl(Sevin) to a dilution prescribed for sod 
   webworm control in the evening.

5)Repeat if castings or worms reappear.

I understand how you feel about killing worms since they are beneficial.  Golf courses have a difficult time with worms.  their castings could make a difference in a golf tournament; especially on the green.

I hope I have been helpful.

Best wishes,

George Manning

Consulting Entomologist

Chicago Pest Control

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