Where can I buy red worms in Alaska
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Living in the northernmost state can present some problems when trying to find where you can buy red worms in Alaska. It is the biggest state in the United States. There is so much physical distance between many communities that it’s difficult to get what you need. Our goal today is to help you find some resources to help you on your composting journey.
No matter how you came to composting with red worms, you’ve moved from checking it out to wanting to get started. Depending on where you live in Alaska, you may only find it possible to get worms through a national supplier. You could always purchase worms from our friends over at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!).
I also want to find offer resources you can find in your own state. Today I’ll share with you some free ways to get some composting worms and ways to support some local businesses.
Let’s get started.
Places to get red worms in Alaska
Looking in your own backyard
This may seem a little too simple but look for worms in your backyard or local park. Turn over some rocks and do a little digging, and you’ll be able to start adding worms to your bin. The downside to this method is that you are likely to pick up worms that are not red. It is possible to capture a European or American nightcrawler accidentally.
One of the reasons I suggest this method first is because:
- It’s free
- Harms less worms in the process
- You also bring beneficial bacteria that help your worms get established.
Many people think that all you want in a worm bin is the worms. However, bacteria, mites, and other decomposers assist the worms in decomposition. Bacteria help break down your food scraps. Once the bacteria make the food soft enough, your worms can gobble it up.
So grab a trowel and find some worms!
Asking gardens and nurseries
Since worms make such nutrient-rich compost, many farm and garden centers sell worms. Often they will advertise them on their website, or sometimes you need to call ahead.
Even if they don’t sell their worms directly, you may find it useful to ask if you can look for worms in their compost. Since composting worms only live in the top six inches of earth, you won’t need to dig far. If you choose this method, call ahead, bring your own trowel and container.
Check your local bait shop
A commonplace to find worms in your local bait shop. It may seem out of place that you’re looking to keep them as pets. However, many bait shop owners are happy to sell worms to you, just like anyone else, regardless of their use.
A note of caution here- many bait shops do not sell redworms exclusively. Often they sell nightcrawlers, as they are more profitable worms to sell to people who fish. As noted before, Nightcrawlers are also excellent for composting but eat slower than red worms.
Online worm sellers in Alaska
Online independent sellers
Another way to find worms in Alaska is to check on eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy. Some folks don’t consider these as places to purchase worms. Online selling platforms allow red worm lovers to have a side business.
Plus, sellers on eBay and Etsy have a list of reviews to help you decide where to buy your worms.
You can read everyone’s reviews and make sure that you are
Click here to check Craigslist
Companies you can buy worms from online
We researched high and low for established businesses selling worms in Alaska. However, we came up short and couldn’t find anyone within the great big state with an official online worm sales business.
What we did find instead is a really helpful Facebook group. We suggest you join in and talk to the locals about where they got their start. Maybe someone in your neighborhood will give you some worms to get started.
Group based out of Anchorage, Alaska
Add your own website
If you know of other websites to directly buy red worms in Alabama, please share them below. Our goal is to make it easier for vermicomposters to get started.