Is there a difference between earthworms and worms?
Generally, “earthworm” is a term used to refer to any worm whose body is segmented, burrows into the soil and belong to the class Oligochaeta. “Red wigglers” are a group of earthworms renowned for use in compost bins and as fishing baits.
Why are earthworms called Nightcrawlers?
Earthworms’ bodies are made up of ring-like segments called annuli. These segments are covered in setae, or small bristles, which the worm uses to move and burrow. Night crawlers are so named because they are usually seen feeding above ground at night.
Will Nightcrawlers kill earthworms?
Nightcrawlers live longer than you might think, with an average life span of six to nine years. They are also hermaphroditic, having female and male organs. There are no pesticides recommended for controlling nightcrawlers, because it would also kill beneficial organisms and other earthworms.
Can Nightcrawlers and earthworms live together?
Why You Might Choose To Keep Earthworms and Red Worms Together. If you have an outdoor composting bin with an open bottom or an outdoor compost pile, you can have both red worms and nightcrawlers. If your worm bin population increases too much it can result in the worms not growing as they should.
Can you have too many worms in your worm farm?
If not what do I do when there is just TOO MANY worms??? The good news is that it is not really a big problem for your worms. Once they multiplied to a certain density inside any worm farm they will slow down their reproduction and maintain the population level inside their bin.
Can I feed my worms every day?
Under ideal conditions, worms can eat their weight in scraps per day. So if you have 1 pound of worms, you can theoretically feed them 1 pounds of scraps. However, we recommend you play it safe by feeding an amount they can handle every 2 or 3 days.
How do you know if a worm is healthy?
SIGNS OF A HEALTHY WORM BIN □ Bin smells earthy like the soil. Bedding and food scraps are disappearing over time. Worm castings are accumulating. Worms have glistening skin.
How often should I fluff my worm bin?
To keep worms happy, feed them about once a week. If bedding dries up, spray with water. (If bedding gets too wet, add dry newspaper strips.) Fluff up bedding once a week so the worms get enough air.
How do I put food in my worm bin?
Feeding the Worms
- Take the scraps to the worm bin.
- Gently use a trowel to create a hole to put the scraps into.
- Throw in a small handful of shredded paper.
- Add all the food scraps on top of the paper.
- Cover ALL of the food scraps with dirt and moist paper.
- Notice what the worms are eating and what they are not.