Here at Nightcrawler Composting we have chosen to three species of worms thanks to their abilities to be used as a dual purpose worm. Our worms pull double duty as composting organisms and as bait worms.
The three species that we have chosen to raise are the African night crawler, the European night crawler, and the red wiggler. Our worm breeding stock is maintained in separate enviornments to ensure that cross contamination does not occur. When you order from us, we have done our very best to make sure you get what you want.
African Night Crawlers (Eudrilus Eugeniae)
These large composting worms are native to Africa. They are the largest of the composting worms. These worms thrive in the heat, tolerating tempatures up to 80 degrees without any problems. The down side of raising African Night Crawlers is that they cannot tolerate temperatures below 60 degrees. We have mitigated this risk by raising our worms in an environment where it easy to maintain the temperatures required in the winter by using seedling starter mats and blankets.
European Night Crawlers (Eisenia Hortensis)
These are worms that started it all for us! We originally selected this species for its tough skin and ability to survive up to 30 minutes under water. This makes the European Night Crawler an excellent fishing worm for both fresh and brackish water. These worms have proven to be an effective composting worm with quick reproduction rates. I started with one pound of European Night Crawlers and within five months had produced 33 pounds of castings and had build my population up to a point where I had to expand my systems to include four 10 gallon totes and a 16 gallon bin.
Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetida)
These little worms are the powerhouse composting worm. In an ideal situation, it is said that they can consume their body weight in food on a daily basis. I do not believe it is possible for us to mimic the “ideal situation” in a worm farm so I strongly discourage you from feeding them that much. With that being said, these worms will break down food at an rapid rate of speed their only competition in the worm world is the African Night Crawler. The Red Wiggler is a smaller worm so if you are targeting trout, crappie, or bluegill they may be just want you are looking for. These worms are also amazing reproducers and will double their population in no time at all. I recommend first time worm farms start out with Red Wigglers since they are not likely to leave their bedding without cause.