Native to Europe, arena fetid are not classified as invasive species in North America as they are not considered to have a negative environmental impact in the wild. This species features a vibrant color with yellow banding and is closely related to the more uniformly-pigmented arena Andrei.
A study suggests that the two can produce hybrid offspring, a phenomenon which should otherwise be considered impossible between most worm species. Fun fact: The “fetid” part of the binomial name refers to what some say is a foul-smelling secretion the red wiggler uses to fend off predators.
The anatomy of a red wiggler resembles that of other common earthworms; a long-segmented body begins at the pointed head and terminates at a slightly-flatted tail. A fleshy band called a flagellum features prominently on the body of the red wiggler at roughly 1/3rd of the length of the worm.
The digestive tract is simple, starting at the mouth where the worm begins to consume its food before passing it on to the pharynx. Calciferous glands in the stomach also serve to neutralize acidic foods passing through the worm's digestive tract.
The intestine forms the longest part of the worm and is where the majority of digestion takes place via enzymatic processes. The castings eventually pass through the anus at the end of the worm as capsules coated with a biologically-rich mucus.
Red wigglers, like all earthworms, are hermaphroditic, simultaneously possessing both male and female sex organs, both of which are used in the reproduction process. Two worms of the same species will intertwine around each other's criteria, secreting sperm through their skin, eventually producing a cocoon.
Red wigglers are a resilient composting worm, tolerant of a wider range of temperature than other species. For instance, its larger cousin, the European Nightcrawler prefers cooler temperatures in the high-60 °F range.
The red wiggler can tolerate both the low and high ends of these ranges, reproducing and processing organic waste well between 55 °F-90 °F. Its cocoons are famously hardy as well, able to withstand prolonged freezing temperatures, staying viable in a suspended state until they are able to hatch in warmer weather.
But red wigglers are nobody's idea of cheap, and the skyrocketing demand for all things garden-related due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 boosted prices of all composting worms. For most commercial worm bins, 1lb is sufficient, but 2 lbs will get you off to a faster start with your waste processing.
You never know what problems or delays you may encounter with your worm bin, so it's helpful to get it set up first to ensure you get off to a good start. This reduces weight, but more importantly, the risk of microbial activity raising the temperatures to deadly levels while the worms are in transit.
Monday's shipments from my Georgia-based preferred supplier often reach California customers on Wednesday. So make sure that your postman is directed to leave your shipment in a shaded, protected environment if you won't be home to receive your worms.
But if you're ordering from PetS mart, PERCO, Walmart, or another large company that is not directly related to the vermicomposting world, be careful! To save on shipping cost, you may want to see if there are any nearby “Mom and Pop” stores through a Google search.
With the appropriate temperature, moisture, pH, and food sources as discussed below, you should achieve higher densities, perhaps 2-3 lbs per square foot or so. This prevents a mucky, muddy vermicompost that will be simply difficult to harvest at best, and a stinky, anaerobic mess at worst.
If needed, ground eggshells and agricultural lime can be used to offset the generally more acidic fruit and vegetable waste. The European Nightcrawler, the larger cousin of the red wiggler, is just as voracious and also makes for a good bait worm.
The African Nightcrawler is a very large composting worm and makes a beautiful, granular cast. The Indian Blue is voracious, but also prefers a warmer climate, and it also exhibits a tendency to escape the bin.
I like to call it the Ford Taurus of vermicomposting worms; you won't brag to your hardcore composting buddies that you own them, but they will serve you well. They also are the smallest compost worm on the market, but don't let that surprise you on how much they can eat per day.
The Red Wiggler is definitely the most common composting worm choice due to its tolerance to wide range of temperatures and PH. The Red Wiggler grows to 1 1/2 to 4 inches making it a superb food choice for fish, chickens, pet turtles and lizards.
Wigglers are very active on the hook, and last longer underwater than other fishing baits. The Red Wiggler breeds by lying next to another worm but in opposite direction.
After the worms separate, the flagellum secrete albumin which forms a cocoon. These cocoons are round and change color during the development cycle, first white, then yellow and lastly brown.
Make sure not to over feed worms, by alternating locations of food within the bins. The use of eggshells sprinkled on top of bedding helps control PH level.
Manure from horses, cows and rabbits are good as long as they have been composted a little, so they don't heat up worm bin. Some notable exceptions: Citrus Fruits, meat dairy, human and pet feces, oils and oily food.
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Most people think cats are aloof and won’t come to you when called, but they’re down right gregarious compared to the worm. I have learned a few things about raising worms over the last few decades I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t take a genius to have a flourishing crop of wigglers, but it does take a lot of work and attention to detail to have a good harvest.
Once my car pulled out of the driveway, he forgot about the extra chore I had laid on him. I used a natural bottom to my bed, never dreaming they would become dry and seek wetter terrain.
As a fisherman, I have found nothing that rivals a fat juicy worm as bait for a bluegill or shell cracker, sometimes called a red eared bream. Slip that fellow on a number six hook, with a sinker and a bomber and the fish will go nuts if it’s the right time of the year.
Red wigglers do wiggle and fish simply can’t resist that dangling bait. That was a good idea, but it didn’t pan out because my product packed up its gear and left my homemade worm farm.
Toss this stuff on your garden, and you can sit back and watch the squash grow. Kitchen leftovers such as potatoes, lettuce, coffee and tea grounds rice, paper, grits cotton, and even eggshells are ideal for worm food.
Just about all forms of garden vegetables can be used, though some decompose faster than others; grapefruit and orange take more than a month for decomposition to occur. Don’t throw leftovers, like pork chops, rib eyes, salt and oily foods to the worms for their fine dining requirements.
A cocoon will hatch in an average of 45 days, and baby worms will need another six-10 weeks to become adult breeders. Our guarantee is for the 1st shipment only and does not include incorrect care or mistreatment of worms after delivery.
A layer of moistened cardboard or newspaper on top of your compost will bring the worms to the feeding areas where you add new waste. So keep your compost vegetarian: fruit, vegetable, and garden waste, along with non-glossy paper.
Put one or two handfuls of worms in each hole, fill loosely with soil and compost (cuttings, table scraps, etc.) Compost Pile: Place worms on the bottom of 4 inches of loose soil.
What to Feed Your Worms: Fruit: apples, pears, banana peels, strawberries, peaches and all melons Vegetables: beans, cabbage, celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, all greens, corn, corncobs and squash Cereals and grains: oatmeal, pasta, rice, non-sugared breakfast cereals, corn meal, pancakes Miscellaneous: coffee filter paper, tea bags, eggshells, dead flowers Other food/bedding: newspaper (no shiny or coated paper), cardboard, paperboard, paper egg cartons, brown leaves Do Not Feed: Non-biodegradable materials, plastic, rubber bands, sponges, aluminum foil, glass, & pet feces.