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My Crawlers Are Here

Posted by hibiscusfan zone 5 N.W. Oh. (My Page) on
Wed, May 4, 11 at 12:33

I ordered some EF's from Earthworms 4sale late last week and they arrived this morning. I am so exceited, they were in great shape and I didn't see any that looked the least bit stressed. Hope they do as well as my EE's are doing now as I had a setback with them from receiving a bad batch. Anything that I should know about raising the Euros that is different than the redworms? Thanks


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Did you get EF or EH (Euros)? The main difference is that Euros prefer cooler temps, preferably in the 60s. EF & EE are happier in the 70s & 80s. Otherwise they're all great composting worms. Euros also tend to wander more than reds, especially in a new bin. Overhead lighting or salt jelly "fence" will keep them in the bin.

Andrew


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Andrew, my mistake I got EH's the Euros and am planning on keeping a light on them for awhile, will a couple days be enough, they are really lively critters!


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Andrew;

Please define "salt jelly fence" for me. I have never heard of this.

Dave Nelson


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mix a little salt into some petroleum jelly, then spread a thin line around the rim of your bin. keeps the worms from crawling out.


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Dave,

Coach gave the general idea. Here are details I posted in another thread:

"Grind 1/2 tsp of table salt into a very fine consistency, mix it in with 1 tbsp of petroleum jelly (unscented) and smear a thin layer on the top rim of your RM tote. This has worked for me, but I would monitor the bin very closely the first night you try this. It helps if you have a red (night vision) LED lamp. You should see the worms touching the salt smear and pulling quickly back from it as if they'd received an electrical shock."

Andrew


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Thanks coach and plumiebear I left a light on for two nights and that seemed to do the trick, so far I haven't noticed any escapes.

Suzanne


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Suzanne, I bought my Euros last year from the same source. Great service & great worms! Be warned, however, that Euros will suddenly wander out for no obvious reason. If your bin is outdoors, I imagine they just wander off into the garden. Indoors things can get messy. I've had to pick hundreds off the floor & walls on a couple of different occasions the first month.

Andrew


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Great that could create a new interior design. Think I'll keep them in the garage or outside in summer and maybe the basement in winter. Thanks for the warning!


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