Why won't my worms stay put?

What to do if the worms try to escape from your worm composter!

There could be several reasons why your worms are trying to escape on the first night:

  1. Stress: The worms may be stressed due to the change in environment, this could be the case if the worms were harvested from the wild or from a different composting setup. They may need some time to adjust to their new home.
  2. Light: Worms are sensitive to light and they may be trying to escape to avoid it. Make sure to keep the bin out of direct sunlight, and keep it in a location that is not too bright.
  3. Temperature: Worms have a preferred temperature range, if the temperature is too hot or too cold it could stress them and cause them to try to escape. Make sure the temperature in the bin is within the ideal range of 55-77°F (13-25°C)
  4. PH level: worms need a slightly acidic environment to survive. If the pH level of the bin is too high or too low, it can affect their activity and cause them to try to escape.
  5. Moisture: worms need a moist environment to survive, if the bin is too dry or too wet, it could cause them to try to escape. Make sure to keep the bin moist, but not wet.
  6. Lack of food: worms need a steady supply of food to survive, if they don't have enough food, they may try to escape to search for more.

It's important to monitor the conditions of your worm bin and make adjustments as needed to ensure a healthy environment for the worms. It could take some time for the worms to adjust to their new environment, but with the right conditions they should stop trying to escape.

For more help with your wormery and frequently asked questions pop on over to https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/pages/wormery-faqs. Or if you’re keen to get started or order a wormery please visit https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/collections/worm-composting

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