Fishing Bait - (35) Adult European Night Crawlers (Live, Large, Juicy)

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You will receive:

35 Live, Large, Juicy Worms plus small package of worm food.

  • They are all adult worms.  
  • We count out each worm.
  • They are grown indoors under controlled conditions.  
  • Our bait containers are always packed in Insulated boxes for safe shipping. 
If you are a fisherman looking for the perfect bait worm, look no further.  The European Night Crawler makes a superb bait worm.  They are fantastic live bait for all types of fish. Kept them at temperatures between 40 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
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European Night Crawlers are tough, they will live from three to five weeks in our bait cups.  Much more heat tolerant than the common northern night crawler, and are also more cold tolerant than many other type of earthworm.  European Night Crawlers will still be active on the hook long after other baits have died. The only earthworm suitable for bait in brackish salt water.  They remain active in ice water for over 30 minutes or longer and attract fish with an odorous yellow secretion. These worms do amazingly well in salt water.  Just a GREAT Live Bait!
 
European Night Crawlers prefer conditions higher in moisture than most types of earthworms. That's why their affinity for moisture plus their cold tolerance, make them very attractive for ice fishing.
 
European Night Crawlers are the number one fishing worm.  If you fish and haven't tried European Night Crawlers, you just don't know what you are missing.
 
The European Night Crawlers also make fantastic composting worms.
 

Advantages of European Night Crawlers 

Euros possess many traits which make them perfect for worm farming. Among the large worm breeds the ENC is the most tolerant of temperature fluctuations and environmental changes. They definitely are more hearty than the African Night Crawler. If you want to worm farm in northern climates and want large worms the Euro is right for you.   

European Night Crawlers dig deeper than red worms, however they are still considered top feeders. In other words they thrive closer to the surface layer of top soil; close to decomposing vegetative organic matter. Euros prefer just about any decaying matter. Decaying leaves, grasses, wood, and animal manure are all favorites of European Night Crawlers.

Euros have a good appetite making them ideal for the compost bin and nice worm casting (a.k.a. worm poop) producers. This breed gets much larger than red worms, getting up to 7 inches long and as thick as a pencil.  However despite their size they eat a little less than their red worm cousins.  Some estimates say the European Night Crawlers eat half their body weight each day.

European Night Crawlers are also colony dwellers, they don't mind bumping into each other in the worm bin. Close quarters living also makes them quick breeders and an ideal breed to raise in your worm farm. Just remember, if you want to fully develop Euros into outstanding bait worms they need plenty of room to grow large.

European Night Crawlers reproduce rapidly, but not as quick as red worms, but still fast. New hatching become mature breeders in an average of about 13 weeks. European night crawlers produce an average of a little over 1 cocoon a week. And from each cocoon an average of about 1.5 hatching will emerge, so that means under ideal conditions you European Night Crawlers worm farm will double in population about every three months. As with all worms factors that influence reproduction rates are food sources, temperature, and moisture conditions.      

Another big advantage of the European Night Crawler is their ability with tolerate a broad range of temperature extremes compared to other worms.  Typically Euros do best in temperatures between 60 F and 70 F (15 C - 21 c)  and can withstand temperatures from about 45 F to 80 F (7 c - 26).  When it gets below 45 F  need to be protected from the cold. It's a bit riskier to keep European Night Crawlers in outdoors in the winter as they are more cold sensitive than red worms. If you can maintain the Euros beds above 45 F give it a try. However if you can move them indoors or to the basement start there. 

Euros also need protection from the heat. They will naturally borrow deeper into their beds when they get warm, or worse will try to escape the bin. Keep the beds under 80 F through the use of shade, careful watering, or experimenting with putting jugs of ice cold water buried in the bedding. If your worm farm is small, consider moving them into the basement

Like other worms European Night Crawlers breathe oxygen through their skin. To breathe they need a moist bedding material. Worm farmers report that European Night Crawlers need a bit more moisture than red worms. If you utilize plastic bins or a flow through worm farm your European Night Crawlers will likely be found deeper in the bedding material where moisture collects. In shallow bins or stackable bins make sure and closely monitor moisture conditions.   

The moisture in your bins helps breakdown bedding and vegetative matter by the microbes found naturally in worm beds. It is this liquefy mixture of decaying food and microbes that European Night Crawlers eat.

European Night Crawler Food

Worm bins of European Night Crawlers are a great way to compost left overs, scraps of food, garden waste, and leaves. Euros are really easy to feed. However, remember in order to keep a healthy worm farm there are some basic guidelines. We will cover what you should feed your European Night Crawlers, and what not to feed them. This list is not your only option, but merely a starting point.

 If you want your worms to quickly multiply you should feed them CRAZY-STUFF WORM Din-Din.  This excellent worm food speeds up growth and they reproduce like crazy.

Do Feed:

  • Fruit Waste - Non Citrus (Apples, grapes, bananas, plums, peaches, pumpkin)
  • Vegetable Waste (carrots, lettuce, beans, peas, limited amounts of potatoes, leaf vegetables)
  • Egg shells - In moderation and best when crushed up a bit.
  • Coffee Grounds (Filters too) - An excellent worm food, but again in moderation
  • Tree leaves - Yes in moderation, stick to common species, avoid exotic tree leaves
  • Cardboard - Yes, shredded cardboard doubles as food and bedding.
  • Garden Waste - Bean stalks, pea vines, beet tops,

Starchy- Yes in moderation (Pasta, potatoes, rice, grains)

  • Aged animal manure - Yes, it's best to stick with horse manure in the beginning.
  • Commercial worm food, (Crazy-Stuff Worm Din-Din.) Just start sparingly 

Do Not Feed:

  • Citrus fruit
  • Meat products
  • Dairy waste
  • Cooking oil or grease
  • Human waste
  • Pet waste 

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