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Invasive worms destroying Hudson woman's yard

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HUDSON, N.Y. -- For one woman in Hudson - the worms in her yard are like nothing she's ever seen before - and they've got experts scratching their heads as well.

Anne Macpherson surveyed the backyard of her Hudson home on Tuesday, saying that it is slowly being eaten. The cause is an invasive Asian worm called "amynthas."

The worms have eaten away at her grass, and Macpherson says they're everywhere which makes getting them under control a problem. So she called in the experts, and says an invasive species expert was horrified by what he found.

As they look for answers to the problem, Macpherson wants to get the word out about the destructive worms.

"Even though this is a small thing, it's not a giant boa constrictor, it could do more damage than a boa constrictor," she says.

Macpherson says a plan of action will be developed in the coming weeks.

She says after the story aired on NEWS10 ABC on Tuesday, friends and neighbors started calling her saying they are experiencing a similar problem.

She says this is a widespread issue. The worms are huge problems already in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Vermont.

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