You'll need the European Night Crawler (Eisenia hortensis) as your composting worm, especially if you're looking to compost in outdoor compost piles and gardens. They can also be raised as a small fishing worm.
The European Night Crawler is the larger cousin of the Red Wiggler Worm and is also known as Euros, or Giant Redworm. They'll eat up to their own weight a day, making haste on the waste and turning it into rich compost. Typically found in the top 18" of soil, they are excellent composters and tillers; they burrow, aerate and aid in soil nutrient dispersal. Euros have a pink-grey appearance with a striped look, thick as a pencil with the tip of the tail being a cream or pale yellow.
And they are lively breeders as well. They'll quickly replenish their numbers so you can compost and grow your own fishing bait saving you both time and money!
Size you ask? Our Euros average about 4" in size (but they can grow to be about 7") making them the perfect hook size. Euros are more cold-resistant, continuing to wiggle even after 30-minutes of being submersed in cold water (that's you lake fishers). That makes a good choice for reliable bait! If you store them in a bait cup, adding food and water, they've been known to survive for up to 3 weeks without refrigeration. Being more tolerate to higher levels of moisture also makes them an excellent high protein food source for koi, birds, frogs, turtles, lizards, ducks, chickens, etc.
You can grow your own bait!
Check out our Worm Care page for insightful information on how to keep your composting worms happy and healthy!
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