Apr 19, 2019 - 06:00 AM
Here is the care for each:
- Keep your worms in the original closed container to preserve the correct moisture balance. Phoenix Worms will keep for weeks at room temperatures from 60-70 degrees. For even longer shelf life, keep cool (50-60 degrees) but do not refrigerate.
- Large size Phoenix Worms are farther along in their life cycle and will darken in preparation for pupation more quickly than the smaller sizes. This is normal and the worms are not dead. Calcium levels are highest in the darker worms. We suggest feeding the darker worms first while they are still wiggly.
- Packing media can be easily removed from your worms by pouring out the worms to be served and allowing them to dry for a few minutes. Media will fall away from the dry worms. Any clinging residue can be easily blown off before serving.
- Serve dry Phoenix Worms in a shallow dry dish. Any moisture that is present will enable Phoenix Worms to climb out of the dish and hide in the substrate.
- Remove vegetation while worms are refrigerated
- Don't store in the coldest areas where the milk is kept or the crisper; it can get a bit too chilly here!
- Always let worms stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before placing into the refrigerator at 45-50 degrees.
- At this temperature, the worms become dormant and last for months
- Worms must stay dry and have air at all times (do not place in a covered or sealed container)
- When removed from refrigeration offer moisture and food, worms will be lively and hungry as they warm up
- On arrival, shake worms out and put into a plastic container (kitty litter pan or dishpan).
- Add a 1” layer of wheat bran or mealworm bedding
- Moisture is provided by a small piece of raw potato, carrot, or celery (this is essential)
- Do NOT Refrigerate Superworms!!! It will kill them. Keep them between 75° and 85°
- They will not change to pupae or beetles, but their shelf life is roughly 4 months to 1 year when given food, water, and kept at room temperature.
- Keep the habitat with either the lid up or if upside down on a screen or grate so the worms get fresh air.
- If you'd like your worms to grow larger, keep them at 82°. Keep them at 55° to slow their metabolism when they're at the desired size (a wine cooler works great for this).
- Shake out the yellow little 'kernels', these are the droppings and will build up quickly