Eisenia fetida are commonly known as the Red Wiggler in the composting world. Why do we use these over other types of worms for composting? These worms thrive in a densely populated bin, can tolerate a wider range of temperatures, multiply easily, and they are voracious eaters. These are a small worm, only a couple of inches long, but they can eat 1/3 to 1/2 their body weight in food per day. The worms will create finished castings which are rich in nutrients, humic acid and full of beneficial micro-organisms.
The worms can eat organic waste, including vegetables, fruit and other leftover food. We do not recommend meat, dairy or citrus as these can have adverse smells or cause a reaction to the worms. The worms need a 50/50 mix of food waste and brown materials. The brown materials they enjoy are leaves, brown cardboard, newspaper or other dried vegetative matter. The worms also need to remain very moist to survive, so maintaining the proper moisture is important.
We only ship our worms on Monday via USPS Priority Mail to ensure they are not held in the post office for an extended period of time. Orders received by Friday 10:00 AM (CST) will ship the following Monday. Please indicate at Checkout if delayed shipping is desired or give us a call at 1-402-476-9340.
Each item is one pound of worms, which is approximately 1000 worms. Our worms are shipped in bedding and material that they will consume and can be placed directly into your bin at home.
Big Red Worms guarantees live, timely delivery of our shipments. However to ensure live delivery, it is important that you receive your order when it arrives. We will NOT be responsible for “live shipments” left unattended at your doorstep. Please alert your postal person that the package will be coming to hold it if you will not be available, or arrange for a neighbor to pickup or have delivered to your work.