To many worms in my worm bin?

by Bernie


My wormfarm is full of thriving red wriggler worms.... I think I need to re house some as its just a mass of worms... can I put these worms in the garden or will they die ?? If not what do I do when there is just TOO MANY worms???


Hello Bernie, it's great to hear that your worm farm is doing so well. Your question about an overpopulated worm bin is one I hear quite often from concerned worm composting enthusiasts.

The good news is that it is not really a big problem for your worms. Once they multiplied to a certain density inside any worm farm they will slow down their reproduction and maintain the population level inside their bin.

If you want you can either remove a fair amount of worms from your worm farm and start an additional bin with them or add them to your garden. But remember your compost worms need always a moist environment to survive. So you have to make sure that the parts of the garden that you want to place them will never dry out completely.

I hope this information helps a little. I will write an detailed article about this subject in the near future and will publish it here on this site. So come back for a return visit to learn more about worms and their population levels inside confined spaces.

Kind regards and happy worming


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Mar 25, 2019
Re: Big problems in my worm farm! Worms want to leave!
by: Stephan


there are a few reasons that might cause worms to want to leave your worm bin and cling to the lid of your bin and try to escape from your worm farm.

It is difficult to predict the exact reason without some additional information.

What are the conditions of the worm bin?

Any changes in feeding or maintenance regime?

Is it standing indoors or outdoors?

Is the bedding dry, moist or very wet?

Give us as much information as you can, ideally supported by some pictures to enable us to assist you better.

In the meantime have a look at the following article which describes how worms want to leave a worm bin during wet and rainy conditions which is one of the common reasons for worms to escape from a worm bin.

The URL to the article is

I hope this helps but if you need further assistance please let us know.

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert

Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

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Mar 20, 2019
Big problems
by: Anonymous

Currently about a million worms bursting out of the top of the wormry. What went wrong?

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