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Don’t Get Tricked!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Yes, they really jump!

Yes, they really jump!

 

Hi Everyone,

The large worm in the picture above is an Alabama Jumper.  It’s scientific name is Amynthas gracilus.  It is plain to see that this worm is NOT a Red Worm.  It’s color is grey. 

Who cares?

There is a high volume worm grower on the net selling what HE calls “Super Reds” as Alabama Jumpers.  But…the worm featured in his ads as a “Super Red” is a European Nightcrawler (Eisenia Hortensis)…basically a large Red Worm!   Super Reds, European Nightcrawler, Eisenia Hortensis…all names for the same worm…and yes, they are RED. 

BUT THEY ARE NOT ALABAMA JUMPERS – GREY WORMS KNOWN FOR THEIR ABILITY TO THRIVE IN EVEN HEAVY CLAY SOIL!!!

What’s the bottom line?  Avoid getting Ripped Off!

European Nightcrawlers, Canadian Nightcrawlers, Alabama Jumpers….basically any worm can be “Called” anything.  It’s only the scientific name that cannot be easily changed.

Know the type of worm you are buying.  Make sure your seller knows it’s scientic name!  If a seller tries to get you to buy Red Worms for your garden, run, don’t walk.  Red Worms are NOT dirt Worms.

Featured Customer Questions – Ginny

Friday, July 10th, 2009

I went fishing and used nightcrawlers as bait. I have like seven or eight
worms left. MY fridge is too cold for them, i have been told by other sites.
Can i put them in my garden. I am an animal freak and i hate to put them
somewhere they will die so please answer soon! 🙂
-Ginny

 

Hi Ginny,

“Nightcrawlers” is a name without a solid definition.  Basically it just means a large worm.

I need more information before I can answer your question as some nightcrawlers require refrigeration, others live in compost, others live in dirt.   Are these worms pinkish or grey?  About how large are they?

“Nightcrawler” Basics:

Canadian Nightcrawlers – HUGE worms, Great for fishing, require refrigeration.  

European Nightcrawlers/African Nightcrawlers – Both are composters.  Both are Amazing fishing worms and Great for composting!  No refrigeration needed….just keep in your garage or outside in the shade.

Alabama Jumpers – Amazingly strong worms.  Great for aerating your Soil.  Even heavy clay!

Featured Customer Questions-John M.

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I receive certain questions that get asked often. Because of this, I’m going to start including some of the most frequently asked questions right here…under my latest addition to my blog, “Featured Customer Questions”. 😉

Here’s a question regarding composting pet poo from John M.

Will the giant reds eat dog waste?

Hi John,

Yep. The giant reds will eat all the same foods as normal red wigglers.

A couple of caveats:

1. If you give your animal(Dog, horse, cow), worm medicine, while active, the worm medicine will kill all of the worms that eat the feces.
2. It is usually not recommended to compost dog or cat manure(or any meat eating animal). This is due to the possibility of pathogen cross contamination.
3. If you decide to compost your carnivorous animals’ manure, make sure the worm castings are placed only on ornamentals. You do not want the worm casts on any fruits or vegetables that you would eat.

Other than that…the worms will absolutely eat manure.

Let’s Experiment! – Perpetual Bait?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

This experiment revolves around using European Nightcrawlers (In picture above) as fishing bait.

I’ve sold a LOT of European Nightcrawlers to fisherman. I usually send them off with the reminder, “Now you never need to buy bait again”! Is it true? Can you easily raise your own Euro’s for perpetual bait?

Let’s see what happens in a controlled experiment.

1 quart container filled with soaked newspaper shreds
12 European Nightcrawlers
A teaspoon full of Oatmeal sprinkles on top of the bedding
Time

Should be interesting! Stay Tuned!

No Wonder I Have So Many European Nightcrawlers!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I like Red Wigglers. A lot! I’m starting to like their larger cousins, European Nightcrawlers, even more. The Euro’s are so prolific, they seem to breed right before my eyes. In fact, every time I look in the bin, I find a bunch of mating Euros. Where there are mating Euros…cocoons are not far behind. I decided to rummage through a bin to see just how many Euro cocoons I could find in a couple of minutes. Check this out, the MOTHER LODE!

I cannot say enough good things about these nightcrawlers. Great composters, durable, prolific, simple to raise.

Forget the myth that nightcrawlers don’t make good composting worms. European Nightcrawlers smash that theory.

7 Reasons to LOVE European Nightcrawlers

Saturday, January 10th, 2009


Have you tried European Nightcrawlers? If not, you are missing a treat!
1) Euro’s are very good Composting Worms! Excellent for recycling your scraps.
2) Euro’s large size makes harvesting a breeze!
3) Euro’s have a nice thick skin. They are a VERY durable worm.
4) Euro’s are VERY prolific. Everytime I look in the bedding, I find hundreds of cocoons.
5) Euro’s are great fishing worms. Just the right size for a large Catfish, Trout, or Bass.
6) Euro’s can be mixed in with other composting worms.
7) Euro’s are easy to get as big and fat as your little finger.

Want to have some fun? Order a batch of Euro’s today!

Live Bait for Sale! Composting Worms! Garden Worms!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

If you are reading this blog, you probably are a worm lover, and think the pictures above are pretty cool. If you randomly found this website, you probably think you are in the middle of a NIGHTMARE. 😉

Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of worms commercially available, and their purposes.

Only a few types of worms are recommended for composting. In my opinion, these are the three best types of worms for composting:

Red Wigglers
European Nightcrawlers
African Nightcrawlers

The reasons why these worms are great composters is because they share certain characteristics:
Top feeders
Voracious
Prolific in captivity

But, what if you want to raise worms for more than just composting?
Do you like to fish? Would you like NEVER to worry about whether or not the bait store has any worms left? Great Bait worms:

Canadian Nightcrawlers
European Nightcrawlers
Alabama Jumpers
African Nightcrawlers

The reasons why these worms are great bait worms is because they share certain characteristics:
Large size (Especially the Canadians)!

Want a great worm for your garden! Try Alabama Jumpers. I’ve never seen a stronger, more active worm. They are so distinctive, even the babies JUMP like crazy! Please understand, most commercially available worms are NOT suited to live in soil. Alabama Jumpers do well in heavy clay soil.

Always make sure you’re using the RIGHT worm for the Job!

Have a specific question? Ask the Worm Dude on my forum! Happy to help.

Fun with BIG Worms

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Typical Red Wiggler next to a SUPERSIZED EURO!

Eisenia Fetida(Red Wigglers) are cool worms. They swarm food and turn it into wonderful castings. Eisenia Hortensis (European Nightcrawlers), are even cooler! They do everything that Red Wigglers do, but they don’t run like a typical crawler (NOTE: Any worm will run if conditions are not right). Another benefit…you can get them as BIG AS SLUGS!

Dr. Atkins was right…carbs will make you fat. I got these Euros so fat, they start looking translucent instead of pink! How did I do it? I happened to pick up a big box of variety pack oatmeal at Costco. In the variety pack, there are some packs of unflavored oatmeal (Yuck)! I said to myself, I’ll bet the worms will eat this stuff…so I threw them on top of the Euro bedding (Careful, grains can heat up if mixed in)…the next morning…all gone. I tried it again…same results. After about a week, I had a bin full of worms that looked like slugs!

Fishing anyone?