Worm Care Sheet

Waxworms and Butterworms

Waxworms are the Larvae of the waxmoth (or Bee Moth) (Falleria Melonella).  They are creamy white in color and are from 1/2" to 1" in length.  Their diameter are approximately 1/4" in diameter.


Waxworms and Butterworms do best when stored in temperatures between 50-60 degrees.  If this is not possible, then store in the coolest spot in your home.  Most refrigerators are colder than this; many times the butter tray on the door of the refrigerator is the best place to find this warmer temperature.


We suggest you order no more than a two week supply.


Superworms

Upon arrival, shake the worms out of the shipping newspaper and put into a plastic container (kitty litter or dishpan).  The container should have a bedding of chicken mesh, wheat bran, corn meal, or worm chow that we sell.  When bedding becomes sandy in appearance, add more.


Moisture food such as a small piece of raw potato, carrot or celery is essential.


Do not refrigerate Superworms.  It will kill them.


They will not change to pupae or beetles.


Their shelf life is approximately four months.


Mealworms (Giant and Medium)

Upon arrival, shake the worms out of the shipping newspaper and put into a plastic container (kitty litter or dishpan).  The container should have a one inch bedding of chicken mesh, wheat bran, corn meal, or worm chow that we sell.  When bedding becomes sandy in appearance, add more.


Moisture food such as a small piece of raw potato, carrot or celery is essential.


Meal worms can be refrigerated and last for months.  When removing from refrigerator, give them moisture food.  As worms get to room temperature, they will get more lively.


Never store worms in the sun or extreme heat.  If worms are kept at room temperature, they change to pupae's, then to beetles very quickly.