Find composting worms in Arizona

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Many people are not sure where to find composting worms in Arizona. Many believe that composting is impossible because of the summer sun. Arizona is one of the hottest states in the contiguous US. While composting outdoors can present difficulties, I’m all about composting in a small space or apartment. That means – you too can vermicompost, even if you live in Arizona.

Red composting worms

The goal of today’s blog is to help you find some resources to help you on your composting journey.

If you’re looking to go from reading blogs to start your own bin(s), you’re going to need to find 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!). I also want to compile all of the statewide resources to help you get started while supporting local businesses.

Places to get red wigglers in Arizona

Looking in your own backyard

This may seem a little too simple but look for worms in your backyard or local park. Turn over some rocks and do a little digging and you’ll be able to start adding worms to your bin. The downside to this method is that you are likely to pick up worms that are not red worms. However, this will be more difficult or nearly impossible during an Arizona summer.

Arizona landscape of cactus in a setting sun
Photo by Patrick Boyer from Pexels

One of the reasons I suggest this method first is because:

  1. It’s free
  2. Harms fewer worms in the process
  3. You also bring beneficial bacteria that help your worms get established.

Many people think that all you want in a worm bin is the worms. However, bacteria, mites, and other decomposers assist the worms in decomposition. Bacteria help break down your food scraps. Once the bacteria make the food soft enough, your worms can gobble it up.

I do not live in AZ, so I don’t know how valuable this tip is- but hell, give it a shot.

Check fishing supply stores

A commonplace to find worms is your local bait shop. While it may seem out of place that you’re looking to keep them as pets. However, many bait shop owners are happy to sell worms to you, just like anyone else, regardless of their use.

A note of caution here- many bait shops do not sell redworms exclusively. Often they sell nightcrawlers, as they are more profitable worm to sell to people who fish. As noted before, Nightcrawlers are also excellent for composting but eat slower than red worms.

Asking plant stores or farms

Since worms make such nutrient-rich compost, many farm and garden centers sell worms. Often they will advertise them on their website or sometimes you need to call ahead.

Even if they don’t sell their worms directly, you may find it useful to ask if you can look for worms in their compost. Since composting worms only live in the top six inches of earth, you won’t need to dig far. If you choose this method, call ahead, bring your own trowel and container.

Purchase local worms online

Another way to find worms in Arizona is to check on Ebay, Craigslist, and Etsy. Some folks don’t consider these as places to purchase worms. Online selling platforms allow red worm lovers to have a side business.

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

Click here for to check Ebay

Click here to check Craigslist

Click here to check Etsy

Stores to find worms in Arizona

Good news if you want to start composting at home in Arizona. 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.

Arizona Worm Farm
8430 South 19th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85041

Inch By Inch Arizona
2717 S 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ

Add your own website

If you know of other websites that you can directly buy red worms in Alabama, please share them below. Our goal is to make it easier for vermicomposters to get started.