Red wigglers (Eisenia foetida) are a type of worm most commonly used in vermicomposting or composting with worms. Unlike the worms you may see in your garden or yard, red wigglers do well in confinement and will happily turn your kitchen scraps and waste paper into worm compost. Larger ones can also be used for bait, if you like to go fishing. Purchasing them is easy once you know how many you need and where to find them.
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Calculate how many red wigglers you wish to purchase. Start with 1 pound if you are purchasing worms for vermicomposting for a family of four. The worms will reproduce as you feed them and be able to handle more waste as their numbers increase.
Check with horse stables and farmers in your area to see if they are willing to sell you some red wigglers from their manure piles. See if you can obtain them for free or at a discount if you come pluck the worms out of the pile yourself.
Check with organic garden supply centres in your area to see if they regularly stock or can order red wigglers for you.
Check local bait shops. Be aware that they may sometimes say they simply have redworms, which may not necessarily be red wigglers, as many species of worm are red.
Order online if you cannot find a local source of red wigglers. Most worm farms sell red wigglers by the pound, so if you are looking for a smaller amount, you may be better off finding a bait shop.
Tips and warnings
- Red wiggler prices vary widely. Shop around to make sure you get the best price. If ordering from an unknown source, make sure to read reviews to ensure you will be getting a satisfactory product. Ask the online vendor how they plan to ship the worms to you. Red wigglers, like other earthworms, need darkness, moisture and food to survive. They do not do well in very hot conditions, such as being shipped across the country in the middle of summer. If possible, try to have shipping expedited to ensure they will be alive and wriggling when they reach your mailbox.
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