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Liz Pevytoe

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those look like black soldier fly larvae. They are not worms they are fly maggots/larvae.
6 years ago
You can do this several ways:
1. you can move the finished tray to the top position and leave the lid off for a few days, the worms will move down away from light and the drying bedding.
2. You can put the finished castings in a bucket and top feed and wrangle up all the stragglers that way.
3. You can harvest them (here is a video on worm harvesting: http://youtu.be/OgliNESi8jA)
4. you can use them worms and all, it wont matter much.

Hope this helps. And fyi, in my experience, using a tiered system, the worms tend to stay small and not multiply too much, due it being a small space. Worms need room to grow and breed, they self regulate when the space is small. I know the manufacturers say otherwise but I just have not seen it myself and I have had a working worm factory for demonstration in my classes for 8 years. I use water troughs for my breeding bins.
6 years ago
we had good results with boric acid.
6 years ago
It is my opinion that summer is far more dangerous than winter.
As long as your bin has a food supply in winter, the worms will survive.
6 years ago
A few questions:
1. What is the PH?
2. What are the bin temperatures?
3. How often are you stirring up the bin?
4. Are you feeding anything but the rabbit droppings?

Ants in a worm bin are usually a sign that the bin is too dry. I would suggest soaking it really good for a few days and the ants will leave. At least that is what has worked best for me over the last 8 years.
I have not witnessed ants to be predatory.
If your worms are gone, they likely died or ran away from home if the bin conditions were bad.
6 years ago