Where to buy red worms in Indiana
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Want to buy worms in Indiana? You’re in luck!
In today’s post, I will share a few ways you can get started with vermicomposting or starting your own worm farm. I’ll share resources that are within the Indiana state boundaries. Ideally, I want to provide local resources so you can support someone within your own community. Of course, 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!).
Let’s jump in.
Where To Buy Worms In Indiana
Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores
First, let’s start by discussing one of the most common places in IL to buy compost worms – the bait shop. Many people go to their local bait shop looking for earthworms worms to catch fish. However, many bait shops also carry red worms and blue worms, which are great for composting.
Before you stop by your local bait shop, call ahead and ask if they carry red wigglers. They are also known as Eisenia fetida, tiger worms, or red worms. These are all different names for the same worm, our friendly compost worm. Another variety that you can use is the blue worm.
Dig In The Dirt (The Free Method)
If you don’t have a lot of money or want a family-friendly activity, you can dig for your worms. After a significant rainfall dig around the leaf litter in your backyard or park. Worms will go to the surface after rain to breathe. You will not need to dig very far in order to find a lot of worms.
You can also find composting worms in the leaf litter in the woods, manure piles, or outdoor compost piles.
This is one of my favorite methods because:
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
- It’s free
- Fun and kid-friendly
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
This method is beneficial for people who are looking for a slow start. If you find just 25-50 worms, it will take 6 months for the worms to build to a population of 205+ worms. Worms create cocoons that can release 3-5 worms every 90 days.
If you are okay with a slow start to vermicomposting, this is a great and fun way to get started.
Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses
Finally, one of the last places you could check in your own town is the local farm and garden store.
Next, stores that recently started carrying compost worms are farm supply, garden stores, and plant nurseries. As research comes out about the benefits of soil biodiversity, more people are looking to compost. They also release red worms in the soil to try to boost the soil quality permanently.
For this reason, more stores carry worms for purchase. It is important to call ahead to see check that they carry worms and not worm castings. Worm castings are the same as vermicompost or the nutrient-rich poop of your worms.
Local Online Sellers
Social Media Marketplaces
If you were unsuccessful at the bait shop or the garden store and you don’t want to dig for worms, you can always check online. You can support local worm sellers by checking social media profiles. Websites like Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, or other social media platforms have marketplaces or groups dedicated to vermicomposting and worm farming.
It was through a social media marketplace that I was able to get my start in apartment composting. I put a message to trade a bag of premium coffee for a container of compost worms. In just a few hours a message from a local composter arrived in my inbox. She said I could come to grab a few shovels full of her outdoor compost pile.
I stopped by at the end of the day to grab a large yogurt container full of worms. We spoke for nearly an hour about our passion for vermicomposting and gardening.
This is a great option because you can share the joy of composting and meet someone in your community—a win-win.
Buy Worms In IN On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers
One place I forgot about when I got started was Craigslist. I remember checking this site whenever I’m looking to sell a car or buy a bicycle. I didn’t think about it as a place to buy composting worms. You’d be surprised how many people sell composting worms and vermicompost for extra money.
This is a great way to support a local seller. Here are some quick links to buy worms in Indiana on Craigslist.
- Fort Wayne
- Lafayette / West Lafayette
- Muncie / Anderson
- South Bend / Michiana
- Terre Haute
- Northwest Indiana
Beyond Craigslist you can search for worms on eBay and Etsy. Both of these online marketplaces allow you to search their listings by location. Simply filter the search results based on your location. Below I’ve circled the area where you can find this feature on eBay. If you can’t find any sellers within 25 miles you can increase the search radius until you find a seller.
Worm Stores In Indiana
Thankfully, if you are looking to purchase worms from a worm breeder in Indiana, you have some options. Below I’ve listed a few different places you can find worms. These also include some home and garden stores that sell worms as well. If you know a brick-and-mortar business where you can buy worms, please share their information below!
I was able to find one store where you can buy African Night Crawlers.
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