Where to Find Red Wriggler Worms
Red wigglers are suited for vermicomposting because they are small, quickly consume large amounts of material, adapt well to captivity, and don't mind being disturbed.
Nightcrawlers (Lumbricus terrestris) - the worms that surface in your backyard in the early morning or after a rain shower - are not well suited for vermicomposting, but they are great for your garden soil and backyard compost bin.
Red wiggler worms, also know by their Latin name, Eisenia foetida, are a species of earthworm specially adapted to the environment of decomposing organic material.
There are many common names for red wigglers including, redworms, trouters, brandling worms, or manure worms. They are recognizable by their alternating red and flesh coloured pattern. Red marsh worms, or Lumbricus rubellus, which have a ruddy-brown of red-violet colour, are sometimes grouped with red wiggler worms and are also used in vermicomposting.
Where to find red wiggler worms:
There are two easy ways to obtain a supply of red wiggler worms:
- Buy them from a worm farm.
- Get them from a friend with an established vermicompost bin.
Trouter's Special Worm Farm in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland sells red wiggler worms by the pound, as well as complete vermicomposting starter kits - which include a bin, a bag of bedding, and a pound of worms.
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Trouter's Special Worm Farm
Hours of Operation: Daily from 9-5, year round
Location: Southern Shore Highway (Route 10) in Bay Bulls, close to the Bay Bulls Green Depot.