Caring for your earthworms
After ordering earthworms, here's what to do......
- Inspect Your Worms:
As soon as you receive you worms, you should inspect them right away. (Please read our shipping information and delivery guarantee carefully.)
- Protect Your Worms From the Elements:
Worms can live for several weeks in the breathable cups, but protection from heat and freezing temperatures, proper moisture, and adequate oxygen are essential for the life of your worms.
- Transfer Your Worms A.S.A.P:
Worms shipped in breathable bags should be transferred into another container with adequate bedding or into your
compost bin as soon as possible. The bags are for shipping and very short term storage. The worms will dry out if left in
the bags they are shipped in.
- Perfect Temperature For Your Worms: 50-70:
Keep you worms out of the sun and heat; protect from freezing. They will survive temperatures 33 to 90, ideal being 50 -
70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if the bedding freezes or becomes too hot, your worms will die, become sick, or crawl.
- Worm Bedding: Moist But Not Wet:
Your worms are shipped in moist peat moss inside special cups that have breathable air holes in the lid or in breathable
bags. To test for correct moisture, squeeze a handful of peat moss (without worms!). You should hear a squishy sound
with only a drop or so of moisture squeezing out. If it is too dry, spray lightly with chlorine free water. Allow for fresh air
and adequate air flow (take them out of the box!)
- Keeping Worms Long Term: Prepare Bedding
If you plan to keep your worms and raise more, put them in a prepared bed or compost heap as soon as possible. For beds,
don't feed for for few days and keep a light over them to prevent crawling.
(If you have access to fresh horse manure or rabbit manure, you can sprinkle a little on top right away to keep them happy
and settle them in faster.)
- Feeding Your Worms:
After they settle in, begin feeding them. (FRM Worm and Cricket Food is great for short term holding or for fattening.)
See "How to Raise Your Own - Worm Farm Tips".
To really get your your worms off to a good start, consider adding VermaPlex® to your feeding regime.
- Short Term Storage For Your Worms:
If you plan to take them fishing or resell them, they can be kept in their cups and may survive for 2-4 weeks (keep cool - 60
degrees). The bags will dry out faster and aren't meant for long term storage.
Worms shouldn't be left in the bags for more than 4-5 days (including the shipping time). You can spray the outside of the
bag to prevent drying out. Transfer to a suitable container and bedding for long term holding.
- Composting With Worms:
If you plan to compost with your worms, please check our About Vermicomposting. You will receive our Vermicomposting
Guide FREE with your worm order.
- Complete Worm Care Instruction e-Book:
These worm care instructions can be used by anyone to keep worm alive and healthy, not just ones you receive from us through the mail. If you're looking for complete worm growing and caring information: Check out our Worm Farm Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Earthworms for Fun and Profit.