What’s the difference between red wigglers and European Nightcrawler?

The European nightcrawler worm is actually the worm cousin of red wrigglers. But they only differ in the size (European’s are larger). Also known as Dew worms, Canadian’s are deep burrowers; and are usually placed in less confined spaces (compared to limited spaces that red wigglers can sustain).

The main difference between red wigglers and and the earthworm/nightcrawler is in what they eat. The nightcrawler/dew worm eats soil, a red wiggler eats decaying matter. Red wigglers like manure, vegetable matter, rotten fruit, etc. They will actually eat your kitchen waste.

Also, are European Nightcrawlers good for composting? The European Nightcrawler Although it can still be used for composting. They can still make for good composting worms by helping aerate and fertilize the soil. They are also the best worms to make as fish bait. But other than that, they are also good as live worm food for a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Also to know is, how can you tell a European Nightcrawler?

The European nightcrawler (Eisenia hortensis or Dendrobaena veneta) is a medium-small earthworm averaging about 1.5 g when fully grown. Generally blueish, pink-grey (cf. Latin veneta meaning “sea-blue”) in color with a banded or striped appearance, the tips of their tails are often cream or pale yellow.

Can you mix red wigglers and nightcrawlers?

If on the other hand we are talking about ‘European Nightcrawlers‘ (Eisenia hortensis), then the answer is yes – Euros and Reds can be combined in the same bin. Red Worms do tend to be a more prolific and active worm however, so mixing the two might not always be the best idea if you want your Euros to really thrive.

Can I put red wigglers in my garden?

Red worms are excellent at breaking down decaying organic materials, creating a nutrient-rich substance for your garden. With the addition of plant scraps or composting trenches around the garden, the red worms will not only thrive but will turn the garden soil into a healthy environment for your growing garden.

Can you eat red wigglers?

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.

How many red wiggler worms do I need?

The Worm Factory and Worm Factory 360 both are recommended to start with 1 lb of Red Wigglers. So the example above of a bin 18 inches by 24 inches, the ideal number of worms is 3lbs and you would need 5.25 lbs to 7.35 lbs of food a week.

How big do red wigglers get?

3-4 inches

How deep do red wigglers go?

Red wigglers are only about 1-3 inches long and the diameter of a pencil lead, but they can easily turn piles of vegetable scraps into excellent garden fertilizer. Red Wigglers don’t tend to dig deep–they are adapted to chewing up vegetable matter and animal manure in the top layer of soil.

Which worm is best for composting?

The best types of worms for vermicomposting are red wigglers (Eisenia fetida) and redworms (Lumbricus rubellus). These two species make great worms for the compost bin because they prefer a compost environment to plain soil, and they are very easy to keep.

What do you feed European Nightcrawlers?

Decaying leaves, grasses, wood, and animal manure are all favorites of ENCs. Euros have a good appetite making them ideal for the compost bin and nice worm casting (a.k.a. worm poop) producers. This breed gets much larger than red worms, getting up to 7 inches long and as thick as a pencil.

How many European Nightcrawlers are in a pound?

Composting Worms are small-900 to 1000 worms per pound. European Night Crawlers-about 450-500 per pound and African Night Crawlers are hugh–with only about 100- 150 per pound.

How do you keep Dendrobaena worms?

Dendrobaena Worm Guide Keep the worms cool – concrete garage floor is ideal. Keep the worms in moist bedding – so just check the bedding they are in is moist – add small amount of water if necessary. You can either leave the fishing worms in the bag/tub provided – they will be quite all right or you can transfer them to a larger container.

What is vermin culture?

Vermi-culture. Vermiculture means artificial rearing or cultivation of worms (Earthworms) and the technology is the scientific process of using them for the betterment of human beings. Vermicompost is the excreta of earthworm, which is rich in humus.