Where can I buy red worms in Maine

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Are you looking to purchase some compost worms in Maine so you can reduce food and paper waste? You’re in luck; you’ll learn of some places in Maine where you can find your worms and get started today. If you want to skip the search, you could always look toward our friends over atUncle Jim’s Worm Farm (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!).

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Where To Buy Compost Worms In Maine

Check Garden Supply Center

The farm and garden centers are the first and most plentiful locations across Maine. Agway and other stores like it are carrying worms to help boost soil quality and composting. Some people like to dump a pound or two of worms on their compost pile or in their garden.

Worms naturally tunnel and eat dead debris in the soil or surface. This helps aerate the dirt and adds vital nutrients to help plants thrive.

We recommend that you call ahead to ensure they do sell worms. It is becoming more and more common to see worms at garden stores, but some do not have the infrastructure to keep them alive. Be sure to check that they carry worms and not worm castings. Worm castings are the same as vermicompost or the nutrient-rich poop of your worms.

Contact Fishing And Bait Shops

If you are unsuccessful in finding worms at your garden store, check your local bait shop next. Many think bait shops only carry giant worms like African Nightcrawlers for fishing. However, they commonly have red and blue worms, which are great for composting.

When you contact the shop, ask if they have red wigglers, Eisenia fetida, red worms, or tiger worms. As mentioned earlier, you can also use blue worms to compost in your home or apartment.

It’s okay if your bait shop mixes red and blue worms in one container. Blue and red worms both prefer to live near other worms. They are also well known for their ability to eat up to half their weight in food under the right conditions.

Find Them In Nature (The Free Method)

Last but not least, the easiest and most accessible method is digging in the dirt. Composting worms, unlike earthworms, live in the top layer of soil and leaf litter. After a good rainfall, take a walk in the woods and poke around under dead leaves and fallen logs. Worms breathe through their skin and come to the surface after it rains.

I love this method because:

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

Any dirt crumbles you grab with the worms can help jumpstart your worm bin. Earth from the outdoors includes beneficial bacteria and microbes. These additions to your compost bin are helpful and break down food for your worms.

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I also love this method because you can release the worms in your compost pile or garden if indoor composting isn’t for you. I hate to see worms die because someone doesn’t fall in love with the process. This is a humane way to get started and see if it’s right for you- if not, release them where you found them.

Local Online Sellers

Social Media Pages

You could always check social media if you were unsuccessful at finding composting worms at a local store and don’t want to dig around in the dirt. You’d be surprised how many people sell compost worms on Facebook marketplaces and trade-only pages.

After I moved cities, I needed to re-establish my compost bin. I turned to a trade-only page on Facebook. A wonderful woman named Cindy had recently released her compost worms in an outdoor container and was happy to give me a shovel full of worm-rich compost.



Cindy was a long-time indoor composter and had tons of information. She became my go-to person with any questions or concerns. Every once in a while, she will ask how the worms are doing, and it’s a great time to catch up and connect with someone else who loves worms.

Plus, I got to share the joy of composting and meet someone in the community—a win-win.

Buy Worms In ME On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers.

If you’re not a social media user, you can still find someone in your community that sells compost worms. You will want to check websites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. You can filter the results by zip code. Start with the closest distance option. If there are no results, expand to the next closest option until you find a seller. Often people can find a seller within 25 miles of their home.

This is a great way to support a local seller. Here is a link to buy worms in Maine on Craigslist.

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Worm Stores In Maine

Sadly, I wasn’t able to find worm wholesalers in Maine. If you are a business that sells compost worms, please send me how customers could get ahold of you to purchase worms.

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