May 29, 2020
I have mentioned one of my go to baits for fishing is worms. They are relatively inexpensive and last a long time if you put them in the refrigerator. I mostly used Canadian Night Crawlers which are stocked at several local stores. Last summer I began to have problems with these worms. The hot days beside the pond would kill most of my crawlers no matter how hard I tried to keep them out of the sun. That is when I switch to red worms. Red worms survive in temperatures up to 90 degrees, but these tend to be small, skinny worms that are hard to get on the hook. I finally hit on the chartreuse worms, which are heat resistant but grow to be a fatter worm, and easier to hook. They are a greenish color due to the fluid inside of their bodies. The fish love them.
During the last several months I have noticed the presence of long tubes in our pool/pond. This surprised me because we did not have this problem last year. At first, I thought the tubes might be old stocks from the Naked Lady Lilies that proliferate along the back of the house. The problem is these stocks do not appear until mid-August and are gone by winter. My other thought were the Hibiscus stocks (no, I have not cut them down yet), but again this did not seem to be right either. My suspicions grew that I had somehow created a breeding ground for some sort of nasty tube worm. If so, this could be a problem I need to tend to immediately.
As I was leaving the house this morning, I discovered what was causing the problem. On the walk leading to the driveway was an earth worm that was over one foot long and very fat. It even had the lighter heart line detail I could make out on the tubes floating in the pool. Apparently, the wetter weather has been driving the worms out of the ground and some are falling into the pool and drowning. I have noticed the Robins and Jays have also been feasting on these worms before they make it to the pool. I was happy to know it was not a serious problem for me, but I doubt the worms would say the same.
THOUGHTS: What we see as a problem in our life is often dependent on our perspective. Melissa found one of these large worms under the trash can and assumed it was one of the small snakes that live in the garden beds. She had me remove it even after I explained it was a worm. I was afraid we had a tuber worm problem in the pool that I did not know how to take care of. Both instances caused alarm and even some fear because we did not know what it was. When I saw the worm on the sidewalk, I knew exactly what it was and even watched as it crawled into the grass. The fear that arises during our pandemic is similar. The aggressiveness of the virus is real, but our anxiety is raised from not knowing what the virus is or having a treatment protocol. We already know some practices that work, we should continue to use them. If you venture out, stay safe.