For a several days I had noticed my rugs pulled back and could tell some critter was rooting around in my worm beds. To figure out just what we were dealing with, my daughter and I set up our game cam to catch the rascal in the act.
It was not a huge surprise after checking the camera, that the culprit was a masked bandit. Coon proofing can be challenging, and my attempts have failed to keep them out. Putting some heavier objects over the carpet seemed to work in a few places, but they seem to find a weak spot.
Coon proofing recommendations:
Cover your outdoor beds with plywood or hardware cloth should work.
Keep your dogs out at night. (Our dogs are sissies and sleep inside.)
We ended up catching the rascal the other night, and for now we are critter free.
1. Jumpers are easy to care for. They can be bin raised just like other species (red worm and European nightcrawler). The added advantage to these worms is that they can and do thrive in ground set ups like raised beds or planters.
2. Strength- These fellas can handle tougher soil types like clay and sand better than other worms. This strength makes them the only candidate most worm farmers would dare add directly to the garden.
3. They can take the heat. In Texas I have to keep my reds and euros cool in the summer and sometimes a shady spot just isn’t cool enough. They prefer the A/C and sometimes that is not an option. My Jumpers are mainly kept in raised beds in the shade. With temps over 100 degrees F throughout the summer, Jumpers continue to reproduce when other worms shut down.
4. Versatile- Their strength and tolerance to heat make them more suitable for hotter summers. Jumpers ability to be outside in raised beds or bins gives you the flexibility to try all sorts of set ups with greater success.
5. Performance- Over my years of raising Texas Jumpers they have endured through some cold winters (for Texas) and some hot/dry summers. Although the spring and fall can yield loads of eggs from the red worms and European nightcrawlers, the entire year production champion (in my experience) is the Jumper.
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Thanks to James for sharing a pic all the way from Alaska with his well broke in Texas Red Worms hat. We are trying to get some more made and hope to have them available soon. Looking good James.
Oh the good ‘ol days when a couple of dimes would get you something. Unfortunately we can’t give you this deal, but we’ve got some great Jumpers, Euros, and Red worms available for your fishing trip or enhancing your soil. Thanks to Uncle Corky and Sheryl for sending this great picture they found.
A frequently asked question I get from worm farmers and gardeners is, “How do I get rid of ants”? Ants can be attracted to the food waste in your compost pile or worm bed. The good news is that a healthy compost pile or worm bed is going to have a lot of beneficial bacteria and microbial activity that the ants won’t like. So in most cases they are there for the food scraps, and will move along shortly. If they don’t move along and decide to set up shop, or you just want them gone, I recommend diatomaceous earth. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth or (DE) are finely ground remains of tiny ocean critters called diatoms. DE can be sprinkled around any area where you want to get rid of insects or other segmented bodied critters. The tiny powder kept dry will stick to the ants or other bugs and make tiny cuts that will dry them out and kill them. Wet DE won’t stick, so keep your powder dry. Also, be sure to get food grade and not pool grade DE. Pool grade is super fine and can be dangerous when breathed in.
DE is natural and won’t harm your worms or you. Other ant killers that contain chemicals might be harmful to your worms.
Below is a picture from a customer who asked the question, “What are these in my bin and are they harmful to the worms”? These are probably black soldier fly larvae. They are a little unsightly, but are good composters in their own right and are not harmful to your worms. These tend to show up in my manure piles when the weather heats up. I will remove them most of the time from my worm bin if they show up, but it is not necessary.