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strange flat worms hiding under pots good or bad


By Ricky

antrim, United Kingdom Gb

i found these slimey flat worms under pots and old
scrap wood strange looking creatures havent seen or
heard tell of these guys before i live in county antrim
did think these guys would come so far north because
of our cold climate



Sounds like you have New Zealand flat worms

3 May, 2009


how odd that reminds me of a dream I had last night of huge chunky flat looking worms under my pots...spooky

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3 May, 2009


Touch them and see if they wrap round your finger. If they do they are leeches.

3 May, 2009


If they are NZ Flatworms They should be destroyed as they eat our Worms and will much reduce value of soil where they operate. I think one is asked to report their presence to your Horticultural Society.

3 May, 2009


If you do have NZ flat worms you are meant to report to:

More info on flat worms here:

A gardening friend used to lay down cardboard and leave for a few days then turn over, pick off the flat worms and dispose of... It is said that our 'normal' round worms do usually manage to make a comeback but like plants that become pests you do need to be careful!

3 May, 2009


WOW... serious stuff these worms, will keep ane xtra eye in my garden for these

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3 May, 2009


Mookins if you suddenly notice a decrease in your normal round worm population do a check for these little dears

3 May, 2009


How big are they? there are british flatworms that are not the thugs that the NZ ones are. do a careful id before destroying please.

3 May, 2009

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