Where to buy worms in Idaho
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Living in Idaho and want to start vermicomposting? In today’s article, I will share a few ways to get started by supporting and buying worms in Idaho. If you can’t find a worm seller in Idaho, you could always purchase worms from our friends over Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!).
Idaho has several different worm sellers to help you get started as quickly as possible. Today I will share some locations you can check for worms to help you get started.
Where To Buy Worms InIdaho
Dig In The Dirt (The Free Method)
Before I tackle places you can purchase worms, let’s discuss the free method- digging in the dirt. If you don’t have money to buy worms in Idaho, this is a great option. Many people think that the only way you can get worms is if you buy them. Composting worms, unlike earthworms, live in the top layer of the soil.
You can easily find red worms in the leaf litter in the woods, manure piles, or outdoor compost piles.
The free – dig in the dirt method- is my favorite because:
- It’s free
- Family friendly
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
As you dig and collect your worms, you will also grab a little bit of soil along with the worms. This natural soil is rich with bacteria and microbes that will help your worms thrive. The microbes and bacteria help decompose the food, which allows the worms to do their work. Note- you still want to use bedding such as coconut coir, newspaper, or cardboard.
Digging and finding your worms is beneficial for people who are looking for a slow start. For the sake of this article, let’s say you found 50 worms while digging. Your worms will make one cacoon roughly every three months that can release up to 5 worms. Within six months, you’ll have over 250 worms. In additional six months, you could have thousands of worms under the right conditions.
If you are okay with a slow start to vermicomposting, this is a great and fun way to get started.
Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores
The next place you may find worms in your community is at your local fishing and tackle stores. There are a lot of fishing supplies and bait stores located all around Idaho.
It is always a good idea to call ahead before you show up to check if they have redworms, also known as Eisenia fetida, tiger worms, or red worms. All of these names are talking about our friendly compost worm. If your local bait shop doesn’t carry red worms, you could ask if they carry blue worms.
Blue worms are a great alternative if they do not sell red worms. Blue worms are slightly slower to decompose food and are slightly larger. The good news is that they enjoy living close together and a colony and will still compost your food and paper scraps.
On the other hand, Earthworms can compost food but tend not to live in colonies like red worms. Instead, they prefer more space to be happy. Unless you make special considerations for the needs of earthworms, avoid them for your indoor compost bin.
Some fishing and tackle stores mix blue and red worms as small worms. Your apartment compost bin makes a great home for mixed worms. Both species enjoy living in colonies, desire the same living environment, and eat the same types of material.
Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses
If you don’t want to dig in the dirt and don’t live near a fishing supply store, you can check your local farm and garden store. As more people look for alternatives to harsh fertilizers, they look toward introducing natural alternatives. Reintroducing worms to the soil or adding vermicompost to the soil is a great way to add beneficial microbes and bacteria to the soil.
Not all farm and garden supply stores will carry compost worms, but we will start to see more stores carrying worms as the research continues. Since farm stores are just starting to carry worms, it’s always. A good idea to call ahead.
If you found a farm and garden store in Idaho that sells compost worms, please share their info in the form below so I can add their name to this resource page.
Local Online Sellers
Social Media Marketplaces
If you were unsuccessful in buy worms in Idaho at brick and mortar place within your own community, you could always check online.
If you have a profile on Facebook or Reddit, you can check for online yard sales, garage sales, or marketplace pages within your community. You can ask to purchase or grab a shovel full of worms from someone’s compost pile.
It was through an online social media marketplace that I was able to get my start. I placed a message for a trade of a bag of coffee for a small bucket of worms. Within an hour or so another composter from across town said I could come to grab a shovel or two of worms from her compost pile.
She gladly gave me more worms than I expected and shared her experience in vermicomposting. She was friendly and inviting and continues to be a go-to resource whenever I have questions.
I love this method because you get to share the joy of composting and meet someone in your community—a win-win.
Buy Worms In ID On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers
If you don’t have a social media profile, you can always check websites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. You can check by location on all three websites and find a person who lives nearby to mail or schedule a worm pickup.
This is a great way to support a local seller. Here are some quick links to buy worms inIdaho on Craigslist.
Another online resource that can help you buy compost worms inIdaho is eBay or 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.
Worm Stores InIdaho
Sadly, if you are looking to buy worms in Idaho from a breeder, you’re out of luck. I was unable to find many options. If you know a brick-and-mortar business where you can buy worms, please share their information below!
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