Red Wigglers

Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetida) are know as 'The King of Composters' and are the most commonly used worms in the world for vermiculture and vermicomposting.   Red Wigglers set the standard for composting worms.


Red Wigglers are sometimes advertised falsely as soil worms.  Their natural habitat is your local manure pile and/or compost pile.  Because their skin is relatively thin, and their strength marginal, these worms perform poorly at aerating soil.  They are best suited for breaking down biodegradables - vegetable kitchen scraps.
Red Wigglers in mulch/top soil mix
Red Wigglers are normally sold by the pound, and placed in a mulch-top-soil mixture for shipping to your home.

A pound of red wigglers can be approximately 525-575 worms (depending on their size), which is often more worms than you actually need, and also costs more than you really wanted to spend.

The Worm Lady NOW will supply you with smaller quantities of Red Wigglers to better meet your need for smaller quantities, and also better fit your budget.

Our Red Wigglers are NOW AVAILABLE for your convenience in the following tub sizes:

Weight:   3.4 oz. / 100 gr. - approx. 120 worms for   $17.95
Weight:   6.8 oz. / 200 gr. - approx. 240 worms for   $33.95
Weight: 11.2 oz. / 315 gr. - approx. 325 worms for   $43.95

also available by the pound for $67.50 / lb

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RED WIGGLERS (Eisenia Fetida) are a Great choice for Vermicomposting

Red Wigglers are recognized as the best worms for composting.  These red worms are very tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, from freezing up to 33 C, so they do very well both outdoors and indoors.  The optimal temperature for red worms is 15-20 C, while the optimum maximum growth and waste processing ability temperature is around 25 C (77 F).

Red Wigglers love composting all food wastes, (except for dairy products, meat, oil, and cooked foods (salt will ham your worms), so all vegetable food scraps including egg shells and coffee grounds, non citrus fruits like cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon **go easy on citrus - too much citrus can burn their sensitive skin (NO onions or garlic as can burn as well) or breads which can mold quickly**, squashes (the soft flesh is easy for them to eat) and high carbons (shredded news paper and cardboard) can also be in your worm compost bin.  Chopping and Shredding will definitely speed up the decomposition process, which can be completed in as little time as 2-3 months. 

Though all of the commercially available worms can be used for fishing, not all of them make really good composting worms.  

Composting worms share the following qualities:

Surface dwellers:  Top 10-12 inches

Voracious:  Swarm Foods

Quick Reproduction:  Population can double every 3-4 months in optimum conditions

Captivity survival:  Very Good


Other things you can add to your vermicomposting bin that you may not think about:

Dryer lint - it's made up of mostly clothes fibers, egg shells - although they will take a very long time to break down, paper towels - only chemical-free ones please, pet hair - in small quantities only, tea bags and coffee filters as well - they are just paper

How to Conduct a Family Food Waste Audit to be Sure your Worm Bin Fits your Family’s Needs

Worm composting is a form of composting in which you feed your vegetable scraps to a specific type of earthworm called red wigglers (scientific name: Eisenia Fetida).

Here you will learn how to measure your food waste, calculate how many composting worms you need, and determine what size worm bin you should use to compost all your food scraps.

How much food waste does your family produce?

Before you can calculate how many composting worms you need, you must track the average amount of veggie food waste that you or your family creates.  Below you will find simple instructions on tracking your food waste and how to conduct a family food waste audit.

  • Collect a day’s worth of vegetable food waste that could be fed to your Small Kitchen Scaleworm farm.
  • Be sure to only collect the types of food waste that worms can eat. For more on this, read Feeding Your Worms
  • At the end of the collection day, place all veggie scraps in a plastic bag and weigh it. A small kitchen scale works well.
  • Repeat each day for a week and then average the results.
  • You now have your daily average vegetable/food waste.

How many red worms (compost worms) will it take to eat my average daily household food waste?

  • Amazingly, Red Wiggle composting worms eat roughly half their weight every day!
  • So, if your daily average food waste is 2 lbs, you will need roughly 4 lbs of composting worms to eat that amount each day.
  • In this scenario, 4 lbs of worms is your optimal worm composting herd.

What size worm bin do you need to house your optimal worm composting herd?

  • Assuming that temperature and moisture conditions are ideal and there is plenty for a worm population to eat, your worm population will expand to the size of its habitat (worm bin and bin bedding worm bin bedding).
  • Composting worms feed in the top inch of worm bedding so the next step is to calculate how many square feet you need on the surface of your worm bin.
  • One pound of red wigglers for one square foot of surface area in a worm farm is a Simple Homemade Worm Composting Bingood, healthy ratio (1:1).
  • So, if your optimal worm herd it 4 lbs, you will need a worm farm with at least 4 square feet (2' x 2' square) of surface area.
  • Many plastic storage bins fit this size and make excellent worm farms.  For more on setting up a very simple starter worm bin using a plastic storage tote read: Make Your Own Simple Worm Bin
  • If you need a larger worm composting herd, you will also need a larger worm composting container to hold the worms.  For instructions on building your own custom worm composting container read: How to Make a Homemade Worm Composting Container

How many composting worms should I start with?

In our above example, so far, you need to have a total of 4 lbs of composting worms to eat all the food scraps that your family produces.  To get up to 4 lbs of red worms you can do one of two things:

Worms Reproducing, Worm Sex!

Worms Reproducing, Worm Sex!

  • Buy 4 lbs of red composting worms.  This is the simplest but also the most expensive way to reach your optimum worm herd.
  • Grow some worms. Another approach is to start your worm farm with 1/2 lb of worms and let them reproduce. This is a slower approach but it will save you money.
Composting with Red Wigglers
3 Tub Sizes available:
Weight:   3.4 oz. / 100 gr. - approx. 120 worms for   $17.95
Weight:   6.8 oz. / 200 gr. - approx. 240 worms for   $33.95
Weight: 11.2 oz. / 315 gr. - approx. 325 worms for   $43.95

also available by the pound for $67.50 / lb

To Place Your Order       
GO HERE > > >   ORDER   < < < <

Red Wigglers for Composting

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