I can't see my worms

by Sam Naughton
(Mullumbimby NSW)

Hello! I have a worm farm and I can see big maggots but no worms. My farm doesn't smell, I've followed all the rules EXCEPT that the farm hasn't been in the shade during afternoons. I'm about to move it. I may need more worms ...


Hello Sam,

worms are generally shy of sun light and will usually be hidden away from it. So you might want to dig in a little into the bedding of your worm farm to see if there are any worms below the surface of the bedding. Worms are mostly recycling organic waste just below the surface in the top 10 cm / 4 inches of their bedding during the day.

There are quite a lot of different maggots that you might find inside a worm farm and it is difficult to identify the species that is in your worm farm without a picture of it. There are for example several fly and beetle species that like to lay their eggs into compost and worm bedding.

If it is possible for you I suggest you take a picture of those maggots inside your worm farm and send it to us using the interactive forms that you can find on the bottom of most pages. Once I have seen the maggot I can advise you if it is indeed harmful for your worms or not.

There are some articles about maggots in worm farms that you can find on the site map of www.worm-composting-help.com that might help you and point you in the right direction.

Worm farms can generally stand in the sun as long as it is not a very hot day and there is lots of bedding inside the worm bin.

If you need new worms have a look at the http://www.worm-composting-help.com/worm-business-directory-australia.html

where you should find a worm farmer that will be able to supply you with a new batch of compost worms that will recycle your food waste and other organic matter.

Kind regards
Stephan Kloppert
Author of
"How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

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