Certified Texas Master Gardener, Orange County Master Gardeners
Hammerhead Worms: A Carnivorous Foe to Earthworms — Just this past week I saw a posting on one of the social media groups I belong to on gardening talking about Hammerhead Worms. It was very interesting to learn these little monsters eat our beloved earthworms and we can’t have that. In the event you are not familiar with them, they look so similar to an earthworm many people probably mistake them for earthworm. But there is one big difference, they have a “hammerhead” like the hammerhead shark. Now, not to say they are not good for the garden, they do protect plants from other harmful insects such as termite larvae and grubs. Some of these worms can grow up to 20 inches long, but the longest I have ever seen is about 4-6 inches.
They are nocturnal but could see them early in the morning. I find them on my driveway and sidewalks. They need a moist environment like earthworms and leave a slime trail like slugs and snails. They are not harmful to humans. They follow an earthworm’s trail, capture it then devour it in a frightful manner I will not go into.
Several ways to get rid of the Hammerhead worms are: One – spray them with citrus oil. Go out early in the morning looking for them, when you find them spray completely with