Frequently Asked Questions
large is an adult Red Worm? A European Night Crawler?
A Red Worm will be 3 - 3 1/2
inches long and be as big around as a typical drinking straw.
A European Night Crawler will be 3 1/2 - 4 inches long and as big
around as a pencil while a Canadian Night Crawler can get close to
12" in length in some cases!
2. What do
you feed Earthworms?
All things that are decomposing
matter - Examples: coffee grounds, kitchen waste, shredded paper,
newspaper, straw, grass cuttings, leaves, and all sorts of manure,
rabbit and cow are the best.
type of bedding is best for Earthworms?
Aged horse, cow, rabbit manure.
Straw, paper, cardboard, peat moss. The best bedding will
consist of 50% rabbit manure and 50% peat moss.
Coconut Coir is also a great
alternative, especially when using a
4. How much
moisture should be in the bedding?
Earthworms are mainly surface
feeders and it is the top three or four inches of your bin that
needs to be at about 80% moisture. At 80%, you can squeeze out a
couple of drops of water just like a damp sponge.
5. What is
a bed run?
It is a process of removing the
Earthworms from the bed resulting in a batch of varying sizes of
worms. It is a more economical way of buying worms versus
buying hand selected worms. In general, Decker
Worm Sales adheres to hand selecting your worms individually.
This is always true for our "Decker" Red Worms.
6. What are
Worm castings are the remaining
matter from organic material ingested by a earthworms. In
other words, worm manure. Worm castings are
richer in nitrogen, phosphates,
calcium, and magnesium than chemical fertilizers. We have our own
2.5 LB bags of Worm Castings
available locally. Call ahead to make sure we are there. (Only
available for Saturday pick-up)
7. I am
using my Earthworms for bait. Should I refrigerate them when I
In general the answer is no. Earthworms will last
several weeks on the shelf at room temperature. After your
worms arrive, they should be introduced to a worm bed, compost pile,
or other suitable environment, allowing them to eat, re-hydrate, and
regain their "fat" appearance. The one exception may be
Canadian Night Crawlers. They are
strictly used for fishing, and cannot withstand warm temperatures
for long periods.
8. How does
Decker Worm Sales ship their orders?
We ship via US Priority Mail.
Packed in damp peat moss in breathable paper bags.
should I do when my worm order arrives?
instructions will arrive several days before your worm order.
2. Introduce your worms to their new home
ASAP after they
3. Place the
worms in shady, moist bedding right away.
10. How do
I place my order?
Just click here to go to our
Worm Order Page
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