Rain brings out the worms

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- If you've seen a lot of earthworms out on your driveway or sidewalks lately, you may be surprised to hear why.

According to UW-Extension's Jerry Clark, many people think worms come out during wet weather because they don't want to drown, but Clark says it's actually because it's easier for the earthworms to migrate. He also says the vibration of raindrops on the surface sound like predators so the earthworms leave their homes.

Clark says although many people see worms as slimy and gross, they are important for our environment.

"Earthworms are definitely beneficial as far as being for soil health, aerated in the soil, eating some of the debris we turn in," said Clark.

Clark says the earthworms can live in a submerged state for several days.

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