Where to buy red worms in Delaware

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Do you need to buy red worms in Delaware to start worm composting today? Today, we can help; we cover places you can get started utilizing resources in-state. Of course, you could always purchase worms from our friends over atUncle Jim’s Worm Farm (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!). But I felt it necessary to outline where people can find worms locally to start.

Let’s jump in.

Where To Buy Worms In Delaware

Contact Farm And Garden Supply Businesses

Farm and garden stores are jumping on the bandwagon of selling compost worms. As researchers continue to find benefits of vermicompost and composting worms, more farmers are looking to add them to their soil.

That’s good news because it makes composting worms easier to buy than ever. Since worm sales are new for many stores, they often do not advertise. It can be unclear if they sell worms, so it’s always a good idea to call in advance.

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If you’ve found a farm and garden store in Delaware that sells compost worms, please share them in the contact form below. I want to share as many resources as possible with new and experienced vermicomposters.

Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores

If you can’t find a farm or garden store in Delaware that sells compost worms, you can always contact your local bait and tackle store. Unfortunately, many people forget about fishing stores because they sell worms as bait, not composters.

Many people enjoy fishing in Delaware, with many streams, creeks, and ponds. Thankfully most of these small fishing shops are located in small towns and many communities.

This is the most common way that many vermicomposters get their start. However, it’s important to note a few things that I’ve heard over the years.



It is an excellent practice to ask ahead and see if they carry Eisinia fetida, red wigglers, compost worms, or tiger worms. Some worms shops separate all their worms and charge different prices for each. Others sell worms by weight. I’ve heard of both types of worm sales.

When you arrive, you may find that the worms sold as compost are not only redworms. That’s still okay.

You are good to go if you open the container to find a box full of red and blue worms. Red worms can peacefully coexist with other composting worms, like blue worms. If you have a box full of earthworms, you may want to return them. Earthworms often work in outdoor bins but don’t enjoy living as close together or eating as much as composting worms.

Dig In The Dirt (The Free Method)

Finally, if you can’t find a store in your town, you can go the free method – digging in the dirt.

This is an easy and free way to get started in vermicomposting. Find a small trowel and start checking around fallen leaves, compost piles, or in the woods. Compost worms live closer to the surface, so you shouldn’t need to dig too far.

This is one of my favorite methods because

  1. It’s free
  2. It is a kid-friendly activity
  3. You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
  4. Harms fewer worms in the process
  5. Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established

It is okay to grab a little dirt when picking out the worms, as that will help introduce some beneficial bacteria to your worm composting bin. The only thing worth noting is that if you find only 25 worms in your digging, it will take roughly 180 days to grow your container to 250 worms (which many people purchase online to get started).

If you can’t find where to buy worms in Delaware, this is a great and fun way to get started.

Local Online Sellers

Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers for DE Worm Sellers

Now, if you can’t find a brick and mortar in your community, you might find some worms online. Websites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy, all feature worm sellers and many people located within a short distance.

Here are some quick links to buy worms in Delaware on Craigslist.

If you want to buy compost worms in Delaware on eBay and Etsy, you can filter results only to show those nearby. I like to start with the closest area and keep increasing the delivery area until I find a regional seller.

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Facebook Marketplaces & Groups

You can also search for compost worms in different groups or marketplaces if you are a Facebook user. Many cities and towns have yard sales, garage sales, and trade-only pages.

This is the method I used to get my start. I asked my local trade-only page if anyone composts with worms. I wondered if I could trade some coffee for some worms to get started. A fantastic local gardener who just released her worms in her outdoor compost pile answered.

I arrived at her house with a small bucket, and she filled it with worms and compost. She has a wealth of information about vermicompost and gardening. This method helped me connect with another passionate gardener in my community.

Worm Sellers In Delaware

Sadly, I couldn’t find any brick-and-mortar stores that sell worms in Delaware. If you are a worm seller or know of a farm, garden, or fishing store that sells composting worms in DE, please share their details on the form below.

Let’s share the joy of vermicomposting!


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