can you handle worms bare handed?

CelbriseOctober 3, 2012

i been seeing some people say not to due to the oils on our skin yet i see people handling them with their hands and some of these people are people who sell worms big scale.

any suggestions is it okay to handle worms using your hands or is it a must to use gloves?

i will only be handling when harvesting and maybe to check on them from time to time.

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mwudan

no. the oils on your hands will cause them to shrivel and die. find another way to harvest, or learn to live with murder.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 2:25PM
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Celbrise

well that cleared up everything guess i will buy some gloves thanks.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 5:56PM
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3DinAz

I handle worms all the time. I only wear gloves when I think about it. Let your experience be your guide.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 6:49PM
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mendopete

I never saw a fisherman wear gloves to bait a hook with worms. I am a barehanded worm farmer.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 7:14PM
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GreenIvy

Casual handling will not harm them.

I don't bother with gloves. I just harvested my bin for the first time and picked out tons of worms by hand. The lady I got my starters from just scooped around with her hands and picked worms into her palm.

I do wash my hands before I handle worms because I use a lot of hand-lotion. Worms "breathe" through their skin, so they won't like lotions, oils, perfume or soap residue on your skin.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 8:55PM
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equinoxequinox

I'm with mwudan.

My mother always told me to never play with the worms with bare hands otherwize they would grow hair. Nobody wants hairy worms. Since I have never seen one, most everybody must use gloves.

I do not use gloves but then again I have somehow managed to vermicompost without touching worms at all. I use a chopstick to move the worms and vermicompist. For larger quantities of vermicompost I used a 3 tined garden hand fork. Even if a worm falls to the floor I pick it up very gently with a chopstick and sheet of paper.

If hands are already dirty with from planting I do not think they will hurt the worms.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:11PM
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sbryce_gw

Bare hands will not harm worms. Too much handling will.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 11:07AM
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Celbrise

i bought some gloves just incase because when i bought the worms the guy insured half a pound and he pretty much ripped me off it was only like 10 worms im sure they will repopulate easily but didn't want to risk it.

and i don't handle my worms that often i usually just feed once per week thats it i only handle when i must like when harvesting the worms.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:27PM
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BluButterfly323(8)

I have some latex surgical gloves that I use when aerating my bin. I found from the death of my worms that sometimes overhandling can cause the poor babies to expire. They enjoy their privacy and frisky business with humans is not their favorite past time. Be careful handling your worms. Losing them is no fun when you have to sit and pick out the dead ones. Trust me they start to stink pretty quickly

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 4:34PM
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hummersteve

There is not too many smells worse than a glob of dead worms, unless its a polecat [sp]. They say it would hurt to have your hands wet before handling worms but I dont If I wore gloves it would be to keep the spider mites off.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 5:07PM
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chuckiebtoo

I've always thought I could handle worms barehanded, but not being totally sure, I always go into a bin armed with both a machete, pepper spray, and a small taser I got from petco.

I display them openly and the worms almost always shrink back into the bedding after seeing them so I guess they're waiting for a better opportunity.

Chuckiebtoo

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 5:28PM
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equinoxequinox

I do not touch my worms. Not because it might hurt them but because I am afraid of them. I'm not even sure if I like worms but the system they are a part of fascinates me. I use a barbecue skewer to gently move individual worms or pick them up if they fall to the floor. Baby worms magically stick to it for some reason. Just touch it gently to them and you can move them to a new bin.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:00PM
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cold_weather_is_evil(9)

>> I always go into a bin armed with both a machete,
>> pepper spray, and a small taser I got from petco.

Be careful. This won't work at all with the hairy ones.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:08PM
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pskvorc(3)

Really need emoticons. I want the one with the jaw dropping to the floor...

Paul

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:15AM
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BluButterfly323(8)

I take my hat off to anyone who can't stand touching worms but found, somehow, to get into composting with worms. They really are not that gross. There was a time I felt negative towards the whole lot, but, when I got into this, and for ALL the reasons I got into this, I find that worms are down right pretty incredible. They are out there saving the planet and don't even realize it.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 3:48PM
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jasdip

Sure do! I was in earlier having a nosy and reached in to check the bottom and there were large clumps of unfinished newspaper so I brought it to the top. My lads were happily ensconced, enraptured with some previous feeding that is now at a yummy consistence for them. They didn't mind me going in.

A cheap nail brush, lots of soap and hot water takes care of any dirt on the hands. No biggie.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 3:57PM
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