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DULUTH - They're fuzzy and work in droves climbing houses and making a mess on our roads.Army worms, as they are commonly known, haven't invaded the Northland in a wide-spread outbreak in years, but that's about to change within the next year to two years.
"We'd drive through big patches of worms and they'd be stuck all over the car -- off to the car was you go," explained Dick Gould, a life-long resident of Duluth.
The last historic invasion of the munching nuisances hit the northland in the millions while stripping trees bare on nearly 8-million acres across the state.
So what about this 2013?The Minnesota DNR says the main infestation has crept very close to the Northland but still remains in the central part of the state -- at least for now.
"The way things are looking right now, we are building toward another outbreak," said Mike Albers, with the Minnesota DNR.Albers says he doesn't expect an outbreak from 200, but he does expect millions of worms to swarm the Northland in either 2014 or 2015.
"Back in 2011 statewide, we had about 70,000 acres defoliated. Last year, there was about a quarter of a million acres defoliation, and this year, we're expecting that to be a somewhat bigger figure," Albers said. "So it looks like the population is building to have a large scale outbreak."