Dead worms on tarmacadam driveway

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Maura Morrin asked 10 years ago

I have a one acre lawn. It was sown in September 2009. It is divided by a long tarmacadam driveway. The tarmac was done in May 2010. Since the rainy weather started I notice hundreds of dead long worms presumably earthworms on the tarmac. The crows etc eat most of them. I have not seen anything like this before and wonder is it normal or what might be going on. They would be much more useful doing their work in the ground and I hate to see them all dead. Look forward to hearing your views on this one.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
It is probably as simple as the worms are moving and getting caught in the open on the tarmac.

The tarmac is still relatively fresh and it is possible that some small amounts of tar or asphalt are upsetting the earthworms on their nocturnal rambles, but not to the degree to put the crows off their food.