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Last Updated on April 24, 2021 by Jeffery Jago
Catching nightcrawlers can be a fun and exciting experience, but if you don’t know when to go out or how to spot them, then it might not be so easy. If you want to increase your chances of catching one, then check out this blog post for some tips on how and where to find them!
The best hours to catch nightcrawlers is at night between the hours of midnight and four in the morning. If you do want to wait until it’s raining, then check out your local weather forecast because sometimes they can be found when it rains for a prolonged period of time after a dry spell.
Nightcrawlers love areas with high organic content so if you notice some wet leaves or grass clippings along the sides of roads, this could be one location to start searching at.
Grassy areas are often filled to the brim with giant nightcrawlers, Especially if it’s been raining. However, often you will find a nightcrawler will always have a bit of its body still inside its hole.
Couples with the fact they are so sensitive to vibration – Your footprints will often cause a super-fast reaction and the earthworm bolting back into its hole.
That’s why it’s much easier to catch them when they’ve gotten ballsy and start out towards the road or dirt path with no hole to run to.
If you’re having problems trying to find nightcrawlers on the surface, You can use 2 metal rods and a normal household outlet plug. You can get this from any old lamp for example.
Wrap each wire around its own metal rod, And then stick them into the dry ground a few feet apart. Step back and plug it in. If all goes to plan, You will have swarms of nightcrawlers rushing to the surface to escape the unpleasant electricity.
Obviously, extreme caution is involved in doing these sorts of activities, and you should look up exactly how it’s done safely before proceeding.
You may also use a higher voltage battery instead of a direct plugged-in current.