Can Earthworms Help Prevent Slug Damage?
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|Photo: Robin Rosetta, Oregon State University|
Scientists at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna found that earthworms can help protect plants from the voracious appetites of slugs (which are colorfully described in Mohi Kumar’s above referenced blog as “fleshy, squishy bodies [that] are basically one huge stomach on a foot”). The study was conducted using Spanish slugs (Arion vulgarisI), but it probably isn’t too much of a stretch to think that varieties in our neck of the woods would respond similarly.