What To Not Feed Worms

If you’re looking for another reason to eat fresh and eat healthy, this may be it! Worms can eat pretty much any organic matter that was once living, which encompasses a lot of healthy food such as fruits, vegetables and grains! That’s a pretty good incentive to buy fruits and vegetables more often. Not only is it great for your health, it provides food for your small wiggly friends as well. One small problem some people run into is not having the appropriate food for their worms and trying to feed them food scraps on the non-approved list! If your eating habits include more processed food than organic food, then you may find some difficulty in coming up with enough organic matter to feed your red worms. We’d be talking about meats, dairy foods and processed foods of epic proportions here and an almost utter absence of fruits and veggies, so you probably don’t fall into this category! Perhaps the household in which a worm farm would thrive the most and find the greatest abundance of food is one that is vegetarian! This isn’t to say that people should avoid meats or dairy, or yummy desserts for that matter, but worms love organic food scraps so it’s always good to have a little on hand, and most people do. The more fresh fruits and veggies scraps you’re able to feed your worms, the better. Otherwise, your worms will have to settle for a steady diet of coffee grounds, dead flowers, …

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Natural Baits For Trout Fishing

If you’ve ever caught a trout, you know why they are so highly sought after. They put up a great fight, they’re beautiful in all of their varieties and they’re great-tasting! Trout can be caught in all kinds of different ways ranging from fly-fishing and lures to bait fishing. What’s the best method to fish for trout? It depends. Sometimes flies are the way to go. Other times, when the weather turns and insects aren’t in season, it’s helpful to have a selection of natural baits on hand to catch the big one. In general, the more natural your fly/lure/bait appears, the more fish you’re likely to catch! Fishing purists tend to gravitate exclusively toward fly-fishing because of the challenge of properly presenting a fly, the thrill of catching fish with custom hand-tied flies and the virtue of catch and release without causing injury to the fish. Additionally, there are many streams and lakes throughout the U.S. that are off-limits for bait fishing. Whatever method you choose, be sure to check with your local fishing regulations to know whether or not bait fishing is allowed. Fishing For Trout With Natural Baits Worms, bait fish, crickets, hellgrammites, nymphs and a whole lot more have been used for ages with a great deal of success. Some of these natural baits can be found near the tributary you are fishing. A good strategy to catch more trout is to examine their environment to find out what they feed on naturally. Do crickets thrive …

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Mealworms: A More Sustainable Source of Protein

Being prepared for tough economic times seems like a popular topic these days. One of the concerns a lot of people have is food prices and availability. What happens before every hurricane, earthquake and tornado warning? People flood the grocery stores and buy up all the food. Shelves can remain empty for weeks until new shipments come in and shelves are restocked. How will you get your proteins when you need them and they’re not available at the store? Not everyone has the real estate or ability to raise cows, chickens or crops. A Possible, Even Likely Alternative To Meat One good, sustainable way of growing your own source of edible protein is to start a mealworm farm. Mealworms are regarded as a possible candidate as the future alternative to meat. Why mealworms? They are highly nutritional. They are comprised of about 25% of protein and 12% fat. They aren’t bad tasting! In fact, there are many recipes out there for meal worm french fries, mealworm banana bread, oven-roasted meal worms that taste like roasted nuts, and they make a terrific garnish. Apparently, they are delicious sprinkled on a soup or covered in chocolate. They can be your main meal, a side dish, or dessert! Can’t beat that! They’re more environmentally friendly than cows, pork and chicken. This criteria was judged in terms of land usage, energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions. Mealworms only require 10 percent of the land that is used for the production of beef for the …

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Can You Eat Worms?

What many of us in Canada and the U.S. think as inedible is actually part of daily life in other countries around the world. One of those “delicacies” is the worm. It’s called Entomophagy! Can You Really Eat Worms? As a company that specializes in vermiculture, we often get asked, “Can you eat worms”? The short answer is yes. These squiggly creatures can be eaten raw or cooked, especially for small children who are invariably drawn to earthworms. Not sure why, that’s just the way it is! While eating worms has its nutritional merits, there are some cautionary measures to consider. For instance. Wild worms can carry parasites and germs that can be harmful. It comes down to the soil conditions they are living in and the environment. Worms that are farm raised for eating are fed pest-free food that helps keeps them clean and parasite-free. This is why buying worms from a reputable dealer is preferable to going out and hunting your own worms. Some thrill-seeking, edible food junkies like Food For Louis and Bear Grylls test the far-reaching limits of foods considered edible (and sometimes inedible foods) and they seem to be perfectly healthy and happy people. Truth be told, humans are capable of a much larger diet than we are accustomed to and it would probably do us a bit of good to branch out every once in a while and try new things, with discretion of course. Worms may or may not be on that list, and honestly, …

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“Where in the world can I find some delicious mealworms?!”

“Um, you want delicious mealworms? GROSS!” Not so fast, sonny. By no means am I seeking to eat mealworms for myself (although, many people from around the world do consume mealworms for their protein, and because of how easy they are to raise), but instead, to feed some hungry pets. Mealworms are high in protein, making them beneficial for pet owners of the reptilian and avarian variety. Young animals require a substantial amount of protein in order to grow their full size. But, not all worms will be suitable. A lot of reptile and bird hatchlings can often be finicky with what they are willing to eat. But mealworms are one of nature’s most admirable delicacies, as they are highly sought and eagerly welcomed by chirping chicks or hissing geckos. And after becoming familiar with this information, the next question becomes: “Where in the world can I find some delicious mealworms!”  Mealworms can be discovered in nature, usually fallen trees, decaying logs, leaf piles, and grains. They’re going to be in a warmer climate, so usually spring to summer time. But before you set off hunting mealworms, be forewarned that the mealworms are in a larva stage, meaning that the mealworm is only 1 stage of a metamorphosis. If you are about to launch mealworm manhunt, then consider also searching for the darkling beetle. Darkling beetles are the final phase of the metamorphosis, and can be easier to find, because the life cycle lasts longest in this stage. Darkling beetles …

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Harvesting Your Mealworms

Raising mealworms is a delicate balancing act; the longer you feed them, the larger they will become. But, if you feed them for too long, then they will transform into the pupa phase, then into the darkling beetle. So this fight against time maybe be a little emotionally corrosive, however, corralling the appropriate balance will reward your efforts with fruitful mealworms that are everything your birds and reptiles are looking for. Let’s assume that you’ve mastered this delicate balance, and are prepared to harvest the mealworms, and let’s also assume that you’ve raised the mealworms in some form of bran or corn meal. And let us also assume that you are about to separate the worms from the bedding material so that you can feed to your anxious reptiles or birds. You have a few options; one method is by lightly blowing the bran off the mealworms. You can easily do this with your own lung-capacity, because the bran is lighter than the mealworms. Don’t go any stronger than your own breath, because the mealworms aren’t that heavy either, and can easily be blown away with the bran. But a simpler method is to get a screen and construct your own filtration device, that will separate your mealworms from the bran. Basically, get some lumber, and construct a square that is 16” x 16.” Then, take the screen and staple it to the bottom, like you are making basket. But make sure that the screen is wide enough so that …

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Best Worms For Bait Fishing

Fishing is all about the details, especially if you have any hopes of landing the big ones. Freshwater worms are probably the most common bait used for fresh water species. Selecting the right worm for bait fishing is a very important component to your success. Fishing is fun, but catching is a lot more fun, which is why you need to be meticulous in your bait preparation. While there is no single worm that takes the cake for all fishing applications, there are a few that serve as staples in the bass, catfish, pan fish and trout fishing communities. Here is a breakdown of what worms are good for what kind of fish and how to use them for best results. Common Night Crawlers These are definitely a staple worm in the fishing community. If you secure a night crawler to a hook with excess worm dangling off the hook, you are certain to draw all sorts of attention to your bait. These things are big, appealing and they wiggle like crazy. Bass fishermen know that largemouth and smallmouth bass will rarely pass up a chance to pounce on a wiggling nightcrawler. Earthworms or night crawlers are also a favorite meal for Walleye. Catfish who roam around the water’s bottom looking for an easy meal are sure to chomp at your night crawler before long. Night crawlers also work well for trout, although many fishermen cut the night crawlers in half to make the meal a little more manageable for …

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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 …

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How to Store Your Mealworms

Mealworms are an excellent feed for all reptiles, birds, and exotic birds. Their nutritional value and taste make them an ideal feed, as they are routinely desired immediately after the first consumption. But, because mealworms are an holometabolic insect, meaning they have a metamorphosis phase, it may be cumbersome to contain the mealworms in their larva stage. If temperatures are too warm, then the worms can transition into the pupa stage, which then transforms into the darkling beetle phase. And if they transform into the darkling beetle phase, they loose their appeal to the reptiles and birds. If the worms the don’t have enough to eat or enough water, then they can easily die in their habitat. So there are a few more obstacles presented with maintaining mealworms in their larva stage. Keep them refrigerated The simplest solution is keep them in a refrigerator. The mealworms prefer temperatures around 70 degrees, but you don’t. At 70 degrees, this encourages the mealworms to consume rapidly, which then causes them to transition into the darkling beetle. But, if you can refrigerate them, then that will cause them and their hormones to go dormant, ceasing their metamorphosis. It is the equivalent of cryogenic freezing, without the nitrogen. Basically, keeping mealworms in the refrigerator can increase their larva stage by a couple of months. However… There are somethings that the keeper needs to be made aware of regarding the mealworms. Because the mealworms will go dormant, it means that they will go months without …

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Mealworms: The Circle of Life!

You’re probably considering mealworms if you are reading through this article, which isn’t too surprising, considering their nutritional value. They provide a high portion of necessary protein for growing reptiles and birds. They also offer fat and potassium to the scaley consumers, which helps create an internally content pet. And not only beneficial for the pet, but they are typically less messy to handle than red wrigglers or european nightcrawlers. The Egg Stage Mealworms are a result of a holometabolic insect, which means that they must go through a metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, adult) throughout their life. And they all begin this process from an egg. The eggs are all but invisible to the naked eye. They are white in color, and can be joined with hundreds of others, as the females release their fertilezed eggs in one location, buried beneath soft bedding. The Larva Stage (mealworms!) After the eggs are laid, they will gestate for about 2 weeks, until the mealworms hatch from the eggs. The mealworms are the results of the larva stage during the metamorphosis, which is simultaneously heralded by many bird and reptile caretakers as ideal animal feed. Because of their high protein content, they are ideal for young reptiles and birds that need calories and fat to meet the demands of a growing body. Mealworms can spend 2 weeks to a full year in the larva stage. The longer a mealworm remains in the larva stage, the larger it will become. Mealworms have an exoskeleton, …

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