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Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to Identify Wild Red Wiggler Worms - Eisenia Fetida

In this video, I show you how to identify a red wiggler worm - Eisenia Fetida that I found in my compost bin.

Step One: The environment that you find them in is important. The tiger worm is found in compost bins, leaf litter, and manure.

Step Two: For identification use only adult worms. The presents of the clitellum or collar indicates that it is a mature species.

Step Three: Look at the color of the head. The red wriggler has a red head.

Step Four: Measure the size of the worm fully extended. The red wriggler is less than 5 inches long with the average being about 2 3/4 inch long and mainly between 2 to 4 inches long.

Step Five: Examine the head for alternating stripes of Red with light bands between.

There is more scientific characteristics that you can examine but these main features should help you identify the red wiggler fairly easy.

Harvesting Compost Worms from an Outdoor Compost Bin

Do you want to start vermicomposting? Why spend money running to a worm farm to purchase red wigglers? Let me show you how to find them in your compost bins.