Many people are unsure about what to do with nightcrawlers after they buy them from the store. Will they live in my garden? What if I put them in a container outside of my house? How long will they last? These questions and more answered below!
Night crawlers have many uses, so we’ll start by going over how to keep them alive for as long as possible. It’s important to note that worms can’t survive freezing temperatures or dry conditions like sand or dirt. If you want your worms to live longer than a few days, it is best to keep them cool (not frozen) and moist.
Worms will die quickly at room temperature, but keeping your refrigerator on its coldest setting will extend their lifespan to over six months. In order to keep your worms cool, put the tub in a plastic bag or other container before putting them inside the refrigerator.
Lastly, if you want night crawlers for experimenting with composting, feeding chickens, fishing bait or any of these uses–you might be better off keeping them outside in a compost pile or well-watered garden, where they can live for up to four months.
What can you do to increase the time they can stay alive?
Extending the life of your nightcrawlers in the fridge is a bit tricky, as your pretty much starving them. Unfortunately, these worms can only last so long before they die. A much better solution, albeit a more tedious task, Is you start your own mini nightcrawler farm.
If you use a lot of nightcrawlers, either for animal food or fishing or just general composting, haveing a constantly renewable source is always going to be the ideal way of stretching out what you have.
So how long will nightcrawlers last in the refrigerator?
The answer is simple: not very long. Your best bet for keeping them alive in a fridge for a short time, or to start your own mini nightcrawler farm that’s completely renewable.