Worm Care

Crickets

Store crickets in an aquarium, a cricket hotel or condo or some kind of a holding box with egg carton flats for crawl space and to give them darkness.  Keep the temperature between 65 to 85 degrees. Huddled crickets are too cold, dead, black or wet looking crickets are too hot. Make sure you clean their holding boxes between orders, with water only!  Always have fresh water for them with either a watering set-up or for 1 to 2 week old crickets use a moist sponge. Feed them unmediated chicken feed or dry oatmeal.

European Night Crawlers

European Night Crawlers should be stored at 60-80ºF. They are shipped in dry bedding so the temps don't affect them too much. They may lose some weight, spray a little water on them when you receive them and they will gain their weight back real soon (2 – 4 days). Their bedding material serves as their food source.

For bedding, you can use chemical free peat moss, shredded paper and water. Add enough water until a few water drops drip when you squeeze it like a sponge.

European Nightcrawlers can also be used as a composting worm and can coexist peacefully in a composting bin with the Red Wiggler (compost worm). The European NightCrawler will grow longer and fatter than its cousin the Red Worm; they will eat their weight in food every day.

Spikes – Maggots

When you receive the spike/maggots, you MUST keep them refrigerated so they don't turn into flies. Refrigerate between 33 to 35 degrees and they will keep for weeks. Keep the Spikes dry, you may have to change the sawdust if it gets moist. Do not freeze them.

Wholesale Wax Worms

Speedy Worm’s wholesale wax worms can last several weeks at 50-60° F. This is the ideal temperature for wax worms; however, most refrigerators are colder than this. Often, the butter tray in the door of your refrigerator is the best place to find this ideal temperature.

It's better to keep wax worms at room temp with low humidity than it is to store them in a refrigerator that is colder than 40° F in its warmest area. After warming to room temperature they will become more active.

Our cupped wax worms should be stored in the cup they arrive in. Wax worms have entered a stage in their life cycle where they no longer consume food. They are living off the fat supplies in their bodies. This means you'll see them growing smaller the longer you keep them.

Always remove any dead (black) wax worms from the container.

It's extremely important that they be stored in low humidity.

If you use bedding and it becomes moist, lids should be removed to allow moisture to escape. Bedding material can include sawdust or aspen/pine shavings (the same material used in hamster cages).

Compost Worms

Our wholesale red worms should be stored at a temperature is 60-80ºF; this gives red worms the widest temperature range of any live food.

Red worms are easy to care for and do not require food or water. Their bedding material serves as both their food and water source.

When feeding them to your critters it is recommended that you remove any of the substrate that may be stuck to the worm prior to feeding your pet (not a problem when using them as bait). A quick swim in a bowl of water will easily remove most substrate from your red worms.

If your pet ingests the dirt it won't hurt it whatsoever, it just takes up stomach space. It is always a good idea to provide a diverse diet when it comes to your pet's food selection. This keeps them healthy and allows them to have a balanced diet.

Red worms are a popular food sources for turtles, fish, amphibians and birds.

Mealworms

Keep them refrigerated at 40 to 50 degrees. Avoid freezing them.

Every 5 to 7 days remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to warm up and start moving around.

Feed them a few small apple, potato or banana cubes and leave them out for another hour or two. Refrigerate them again.

The next time you feed remove the old apple, potato or banana cubes and replace them with new ones.

It is very important that you remove any moldy apple, potato or banana cubes or they will kill the Mealworms.

Super Mealworms

Super mealworms need to be kept at room temperature around 75 to 80 degrees. Keep them in bran with an apple, carrot or potato cube for water.

Wholesale Canadian Nightcrawlers

Our wholesale Canadian Nightcrawlers are to be stored at an approximate temperature of 40 to 45ºF. Keep in mind that these are not the same worms you will find in your yard.

They are direct from Canada and are accustomed to cooler temperatures. Storing them at a temperature higher than the recommended will significantly reduce their life span.

Cupped nightcrawlers will last several weeks if properly cared for. It may become necessary to replace the bedding they are in if you have them for more than four weeks. High quality topsoil or bedding will go a long way to keep your nightcrawlers healthy.

Bulk nightcrawlers need to be immediately placed in high quality topsoil or bedding and moved to a temperature-controlled environment.

We ship canadian nightcrawlers in Styrofoam coolers with ice packs. This cautious shipping approach has proven extremely successful over the years.

Nightcrawlers are excellent universal fishing bait and provided valuable nutrients when used in the diets of birds and reptiles.

Butter Worms

Our Butter Worms can be kept for an extended period of time at 42 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping them at that temperature puts them in a hibernated state so you don't have to worry about feeding or watering them. Before they are imported into the United States they are put through a treatment to kill any bacteria they may have. This treatment prevents them from pupation and hence the butter worms can't develop into moths. It is very important to keep keep the bedding material dry, extra moisture will kill them. If you need to change the bedding material you can use wheat bran or oat meal. Clean the container weekly and take out any dead worms.