Crazy worms threaten upstate ecosystems, and reproduce through parthenogenesis — that is they don’t need sex to produce babies. Photo by Susan Day / UW Madison Arboretum

A new invasive species is plaguing Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties: the crazy worm.

Named for their wild wiggles, the invasive species hails from East Asia and is also known as the Asian jumping worm. They consume topsoil and leave behind loose dirt that lacks nutrients, making them a serious pest for farmers and gardeners and a threat to overall forest ecosystems.

Crazy worms resemble earthworms, but are very long, up to about 8 inches, and have a milky-gray band near their middle which is flush with its body.

Cooperative Extension recommends disposing of these worms in the garbage.

Source: The Post Star