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Benefits of mealworm feeding

The benefits of mealworms are undeniable. They are high in protein, making an excellent feed for your favorite, neighborly blue birds, or serving the appetites of those exotic reptiles that lounge by the heat rock in their terrarium. Mealworms are easy to find, as most pet stores will offer them, or you can order mealworms directly from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm, where they are they come with a live delivery guarantee. Although bearing such great benefits and easy discovery, mealworms can often present a puzzling dilemma upon receival, as most people are unaware of how exactly to feed their mealworms.

Well the solution is simple.

To begin, we recommend following the instructions from our previous post to set up your mealworms’ habitat. But to briefly reiterate, simply obtain a plastic container about the size of a shoe box. You’ll want to use some type of high protein grain (we believe you and your mealworms will get the best results from wheat bran). Fill the container about half way full. You’ll want to leave room at the top, making it more difficult for the mealworms to escape. And there you go, as simple as inseminating a box with wheat bran!

But that will only serve as a start. And like anything that relies on your attention and nursing to keep it alive, the mealworms will require some additional care throughout this exciting mealworm journey. A routine questions that congregates with mealworms is “how to feed them?” Well, basically, the mealworms are consumption masters. The high-protein bedding material that you provided for them will act as a food source as well. If you notice closely, the mealworms will actually eat the bedding material and turn it into a dry, grainy material. That little miracle is mealworm poop. Mealworm manure doesn’t hold the same benefits that red wriggler manure does, so there is no point in storing it, feeding it to your plants, or making a fertilizer tea out of it. Although, be aware that the mealworms cannot live in that material. So you’ll want to add more high-protein bedding material for the mealworms.

 

But the magic doesn’t cease there…

Mealworms posses a mighty appetite, and prefer to not be limited to the blandness of wheat bran. Go ahead and get a little wild, throw in some thrilling potatoes or some outrageous orange rinds, and check on them a few days later. Be amazed at the herbivorous power of the voracious mealworms! There will be no evidence left of any potatoes, and the thick orange rind will appear to be a brittle autumn leaf. These mealworms are exciting eaters, and can be fed most vegetables. And what’s most exciting about their digestion destiny is that they receive their essential hydration from the fruits or vegetables that they are provided! That pototatoe didn’t only fulfill their hunger, it also quenched their thirst! And the same goes with the orange grind.

But be forewarned. As exciting as mealworm feeding is, there are a few cautionary tales that you need to learn from. Most importantly, when feeding your thrilling mealworms, remember that everything should be in moderation. Don’t give the mealworms too many potato slices. If the mealworms are overwhelmed with potato slices, then they won’t be able to consume the potatoes before the potatoes being to grow mold. And if you begin to grow mold in your mealworm home, then your mealworms will either die or attempt to crawl out, and because you got that climb-preventing plastic container, the mealworms will go with the prior option of death. Another temptation to avoid when glamoring over the excitement of mealworms is offering fruits that are too wet such as watermelon or cantaloupe. The issues with these delectable offerings from mother nature is that the excess moisture will saturate the bedding material. And because the mealworms prefer dry bedding, this moisture will build into an undesirable habitat, and kill your mealworms.

So go outside and begin your exciting new mealworm cornucopia, and as long as you provide he mealworms with what they desire, and avoid the catastrophes that amateurs barge into, you’ll be able to witness the magic that is feeding mealworms.

12 comments on “Benefits of mealworm feeding

  • I am new at worm culture. I’ve started with red worms but now I notice a lot of what I think are mealy worms in with the reds. How did they get there and what should I do about them?

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  • Can I put mealworms into my compost bin with my red wiggler and European nightcrawler work mix? I breed my own mealworms and never thought of tossing them in there with the others until just recently.

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  • Steve Allegood says:

    Breathed in meal worms 2 years ago, Now I am seeing them in my mucus . I is this something I should do to get them out?

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  • Tricia Clanton says:

    We have developed a problem in our small pecan orchard of goat-heads. I’ve been told that mealworms will eat the insides of the sticker to prevent Re germination but I am wondering if they will destroy our pecan trees?

    Thank you in advance for your information.

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  • Benjamin White says:

    I own mealworms, I did not purchase them from Uncle Jim’s, but I did purchase redwigglers from Uncle Jim. Anyways, the mealworms are voracious, in theory it should not be possible, but I have turned meal worms into an outdoor, compost pile machine in San Diego. They handle 10-15 pounds of vegetable waste;everything except citrus, and alum family, a quarter. The bin I have them in is is 3 cubic ft. They sit outside uncovered and are surviving in the desert off of the moisture they receive from the vegetable waste, as well as a once a quarter addition of 2 cups of assorted grain meals, this is the only food they are provided. The bin was set up with a base layer of potting soil incorporated with Pearlite to a depth of 2 inches. On top of this shredded cardboard, paper and a few dead, dry garden plants were added. Molds, most noticeably black pin, and blue-green varieties have also been regular visiters. I have had this system running for 8 months now. I have seen many generations of these worms come and go under these conditions. I turn the whole environment around with a trowel by hand every two weeks. It is still working. Mealworms are tough, if you want a box full of critters that survive despite trying to kill them, these are what you want.

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