Mixed Worms (Non-Red Wigglers escaping)

Aindra(8, BC)August 16, 2012

I attended my city's vermicomposting workshop yesterday to get my bin kit set up and learn how to manage the worm bin. I've been researching a quite bit beforehand.

The instructor purchased the red wigglers for each one of us. She said these bags tend to have some different worms and bugs in them. That's fine with me.

However, one thing that bothers me is when she said if I see any escaping worms, they're not red wigglers. She said don't bother putting them back in the bin because they'll keep trying to escape. Throw them to the fields.

That bothers me because so far what I've seen in this board is some red wigglers will try to escape if they're placed in new bin until they get settled.

I'm new at worm business so I couldn't tell them apart if they're not wigglers... I'm getting conflicted message here. So far most worms that climbed up to escape all looks like red wigglers so I just put them back in bin, instead of throwing them out.

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Congratulations on your first worm bin! Kudos for doing your homework first.

I would continue to put the worms back also. If you leave a small wattage lite on over the bin at night for a few weeks, they should stay put.

Good luck. Pete

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:18AM
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dowbright(z6 in Missouri)

I have a pure red wigglers bin, and absolutely some diehard, strong-minded wigglers venture out for other pastures! I don't agree with her at all. Not often, but it happens.

If your first bins are in-home, I'm surprised she included other wildlife. Seems like creating a problem that doesn't have to be there right at the beginning, for a newbie. Hmmm. Someone will tell me if I'm wrong! I know that some folks like the soldier guys, and other critters, but just starting out, plain old wigglers would be easier, in my opinion. Other wanted species will turn up in time.

When I first began years ago, there was more than enough to think about without factoring other things into the mix.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 12:31AM
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Sometimes red wigglers will become mixed with Indian Blue worms. The blue worms are more likely to want to escape. Both are great composters, but in moderate climates, red worms are preferred. I wonder if that is what your instructor was thinking. Either that, or the worms are mixed with non-composters.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 2:06PM
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Aindra(8, BC)

Oh, she ordered these bags from the unknown seller (I didn't ask.) She said the bags often had small numbers of bugs and non-composting worms. She didn't make the bags personally.

It bothered me that she made a blanket statement about escaping worms as non-composting worms.

My worm bin is somewhat settled by now. I rarely find any worms climbing, so it's all good. (Except fruit flies so outdoor storage closet off it goes.)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 10:32PM
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