Where to buy red worms in California
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Not sure where to buy worms in California? Thankfully, you live in one of the few states in the US that has several places to purchase worms. Not only do you have a rich network of worm sellers, but you can also search in your own backyard for worms. 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!).
Today I will cover some common places to purchase worms, some free options, buy local options, and online sellers.
Let’s get started.
Where To Buy Worms In California
Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores
The most common place to buy worms in California is at a fishing supply store. Many people forget about checking out the local bait and tackle store because they sell worms as food. There is a fair chance that there is a place that sells fishing supplies in your neighborhood.
When you contact the fishing shop you can ask which types of worms they sell. Sometimes they carry red worms and earthworms.
I’ve heard many stories where people have called the shop before arriving. They show up at the store ready to purchase their worms. Buy a box and open it at home, just to find that it looks more like a mix of different types of worms.
This is understandably frustrating. The good news is that all worms make good vermicomposters. The biggest benefit of red wigglers is that they are able to eat a lot for their relatively small size. Thankfully, all types of worms also compost your food but are not as efficient as our friend the red wiggler.
Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses
I am hearing more often that you can buy worms in California at farm and garden stores.
As people are looking for natural alternatives to synthetic fertilizers, more people look toward composting. To speed up the composting process and make the final compost more biologically diverse. Many farm and garden stores carry worms for release in outdoor piles. Often these are worms that are regionally specific and native to your region.
Contact your local farm, garden, or nursery to see if they are selling compost worms. Unlike the bait and tackle shops, it is more likely that the farm and garden will better sort the worms. You can often purchase worms by the hundreds or thousands.
Dig In The Dirt
Finally, one of the easiest ways to get worms today is to just go outside and dig in the dirt. This tip may not be helpful for those living in southern California during the summer. However, grabbing a shovel and a bucket can help you get started today.
One of the reasons I love this method is:
- It’s free
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
You will also likely grab some dirt along with the worms as you dig. The dirt can help establish some beneficial bacteria and insects to your bin. This will help your bin’s ecosystem and help items decompose faster.
If you happen to live near a farm, it is common for piles of animal manure to be rich with compost worms. If you don’t have dirt or land to dig, contact your local farmer. Ask them if they have a manure pile or compost pile where you could grab a shovel full of worms.
Local Online Sellers
Social media platforms, and sites like Craigslist, Ebay and Etsy all offer opportunities to buy worms from people in your town or within the state of California. If you can’t dig, walk, bike or take a short drive to get some worms – this is the next best option.
Social Media Marketplaces
Let’s start by talking about social media marketplaces. Websites like Facebook contain hundreds of online marketplaces, yardsale, and freecycle pages. You could even search for local composting and vermicomposting pages. These are excellent places to both get worms and get advice along your journey.
This is the way I started my vermicomposting bin. I wrote that I would trade a bag of coffee for a bucket of worms. A local woman had a vibrant outdoor compost pile and gave me a shovel full of worms and compost for free. It was lovely to meet another person passionate about worm composting and helping others get started.
Buy Worms In CA On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers
Here are some quick links to your local Craigslist pages for different regions in California. Simply find the location closest to you and search for: ‘red worms’, ‘composting worms’, ‘red wigglers’, or ‘Eisenia fetida.’
Plus, sellers on eBay and Etsy have a list of reviews to help you make your decision on where to buy your worms.
You can read everyone’s reviews and make sure that you are
Worm Stores In California
Good news if you want to start composting at home in California. Your state has a lot of people on Craigslist and eBay. However, if you prefer picking up your worms in person, you have a few options. I bet there are a handful of other formal businesses selling worms, but I could not find their website. If you sell worms or know a place that sells worms, Please submit it below.
Here are two stores that I was able to track down.
Add your own website
If you know of other websites that you can directly buy red worms in California, please share them below. Our goal is to make it easier for vermicomposters to get started.