Unknown Worms or Parasites Garden Beds

Question From: 
Jarrett Bouts in  Aberfoyle Park,  Aberfoyle Park SA


Nature of problem: 
Unknown worms/ Parasites(?) in raised vegetable garden beds


Type of Plant (if known): 


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
organic garden soil with sheep and alpaca manure


How often do you water the plant:


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:


What type of plant is it:


How long since you planted it:


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
sheep and alpaca manure


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 
raised garden bed


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

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Other Comments: 
Have noticed some of these worms (?) in our raised garden beds in the last 3-4 weeks. They come to the surface at night time and vary in size up to 3-4 inches long. Have noticed just a few times that they wrap around normal earthworms – not sure if they are attacking them?? Am worried that they may be parasitic or unwanted in the garden.

Cannot find anything online so far to confirm what they are, if they need to be treated against etc, etc. Any help to identify would be greatly appreciated! If they need to be treated any advice while maintaining an organic approach would be awesome!

Thank you so much and hope you may be able to assist!


Answer: Hi Jarrett,  This animal is one of nature’s recyclers and does not need controlling. Usually they are called blood worms. Ignore them.   Don