Worm Buyer Beware
Hello again worm farming fans! I want to talk a little bit in this issue about buying your worms from a not-so-reputable source and the source I'm mainly talking about is a bait and tackle shop.
Now there are a lot of great bait shops out there so I don't want to step on any toes. I'm just looking out for my fans here at the Site so let's get into the Great De "Bait" :~)
Recently I've been getting some emails concerning worms crawling out of the worm bin no matter how well the worms are being taken care of. People are asking me what they are doing wrong. This question is, however, an extremely difficult one to answer giving that I usually only receive one (two at the most) explanations from the person as to why they are having problems. Sometimes no explanation at all.
You can see how difficult this can be even to an expert with 20+ years. The first thing I think of when someone tells me that they are having problems and they have done everything in the book possible to make their composting worms happy is..."They don't have composting worms at all!" :~O
I know! It's like inviting a snowman over to a bon fire! :~O (Not much of a symbiotic relationship)
Okay, so here's what could be (and most probably) is going on. The bait shop sold you a worm that they said was a red wiggler, tiger worm, or brandling worm or even just a composting worm. So how do you tell if it really is a composting worm? Ask the bait clerk what the scientific name of the worm is that you want to buy. S/he may know or s/he may not but this doesn't mean that you don't have a composting worm. They just, in fact, may not know. If they CAN tell you what the scientific name is then this doesn't mean that you HAVE a composting worm either.
If you do a little research you will certainly find out that the common Nightcrawler (found sometimes in the backyard under rocks and logs) will NOT do well at all in a bin-type setting. They will literally be climbing the walls. These are soil dwellers and need the coolness of up to 6 feet deep. They do not do well at all in a shallow bin. Red Wigglers will not do well in the garden if certain criteria are not met to keep them fed and cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
So...What do you do...? You buy from a reputable source that you know deals with composting worms strictly for raising them for worm farms. Make sure that they have the scientific names listed for what types of worms you want to buy.
Examples: Red Wiggler (Eisenia Fedita) for composting.
European Nightcrawler (Eisenia Hortensis) for composting or fishing.
African Nightcrawler (Eudrillus Eugeniae) for composting or fishing.
Canadian Nightcrawler (Lumbricus Terrestris) strictly for fishing.
Alabama Jumpers (Pheretima Hawayanus) Garden worms.
I sell many types of worms on my site, Albeit I'm not the cheapest but it's because you're getting the absolute best quality with the absolute best packing and you KNOW what you're getting is what you ordered with guaranteed live arrival. Now I'm not trying to sell you any worms. If I were then I would put a link to the worms in just below. I have never had a return or dead arrival and I get nothing but good testimonials from my customers. (Okay, you can go to the Website now)
So "Worm Buyer Beware" don't take the bait unless they give you the scientific name.
Keeping you "In-The-Know",