Where to buy red worms in Montana

If you live in Montana and want to buy compost worms, you're in luck. There are several local or state-wide options to help you start vermicomposting today. 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!), but the goal of today's blog is to provide you with state-specific resources.

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Montana Red Worm Sellers

Contact Fishing Supply Stores

Montana is known for its wide-open, wild places. There are many lakes and creeks where people go fishing. 

Since fishing is such a popular pastime, fishing supply stores are plentiful. Many people overlook fishing supply stores as a place to purchase composting worms. Especially since they sell worms for fish to eat. 

Before you stop by, check if they carry “red wigglers,” or you could even accept “blue worms.” While earthworms can be used for vermicomposting, they take special consideration.

If you arrive to find the cup of worms full of different types of worms, it is okay. Usually, they package red worms with blue worms together because they are roughly the same size. 

Both types of worms live well together and prefer living in a colony close to each other.

Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses

If you strike out with finding worms at the local bait shop, check your local garden supply store. 

More people are looking for natural fertilizers and ways to help their plants grow. Worms fit the bill in so many ways. Their vermicompost to their ability to aerate soil makes them a great choice. 

Since the sale of worms is new for most farm and garden stores, it's important to call ahead to see if they carry worms. 

Check in the soil (the free Method)

Finally, one of the easiest ways to get worms today is to go outside and dig in the dirt. Composting worms, unlike earthworms, live close to the earth's surface. 

I recommend that you wait to search for worms after a soaking rain. One that lasts all day and wets the earth. 

After one of these soaking rains, it is common for worms to come to the surface. Worms breathe through their skin when the earth fills with water and can drown worms that don't escape. 

You can go to your local park or wooded area. Poke around in fallen leaves or where workers could find shelter and air. Sometimes you can even find them scattered along the sidewalk.

One of the reasons I love this method is:

  1. It's free
  2. It's kid-friendly
  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

I love this method for beginner vermicomposters. They can release their worms if they decide that this composting method isn't for them. This is not advised for those who purchased their worms online out of state or country.

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Local Online Sellers

Social Media Marketplaces

Social media marketplaces like those on Facebook and other platforms are great places to find compost worms. Many home composters sell their extra worms and compost for side money. 

You can place a post on a page asking for composting worms. Be sure to specify that you are looking for red wigglers. Include the maximum amount you want to buy the worms. Within a few hours, you will have several messages in your inbox.

The benefit of using a social media platform to find your worms is connecting you with a natural person. This person is likely passionate about worm composting. You know someone who shares your passion when you have a question.

This is the way I started my second bin. After a move, I needed to start over, and a local woman happily gave me a bucket of worms for free. I loved meeting up with her to discuss vermicomposting tips and techniques.

Buy Worms In Montana On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers

Here are some quick links to your local Craigslist pages for different regions in Montana. Simply find the location closest to you and search for: ‘red worms’, ‘composting worms’, ‘red wigglers’, or ‘Eisenia fetida.’

 

Beyond Craigslist you can find worm sellers on other online marketplaces. Websites like eBay and Etsy also give small or private sellers the opportunity to make some extra cash.

 

 

Be sure to filter your search results. I like to start within 25 miles. of my zip code. If you can’t find any within 25 miles, just increase your search range until you find a seller. Another benefit of online marketplaces are the reviews. You can easily avoid bad sellers, by reading comments where worms were poorly packaged for transport.

 

Click here for to check Ebay

 

Click here to check Etsy

Worm Stores In Montana

Support A Local Business

If you want to support a Montana based worm farm, you're in luck. There are a few different options for you to choose from within state limits. 

 

Here are two Florida red worms stores that I was able to track down.

Soil Cycle
736 S 1st. W Ste. C. Missoula, MT
soilcyclemissoula@gmail.com
(406) 518-1253

 

Yes Compost!
8636 E Panorama Dr
Bozeman, MT
(406) 219-7011
karl@yescompost.com

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