Gardening Tips and Tricks : Things You Need To Know About Nightcrawler Worms
There are a lot of things that you can learn about Nightcrawler Worms, other than being just your ordinary slimy worms. And just like red worms, they too can be used for composting, and more. Read on further to learn more about this fascinating creature.
The Nightcrawler Worm
The nightcrawler worm (also called as dew worms or garden worms) has been called such since they resurface and crawl from the ground during nighttime. There are also other types to it like European nightcrawlers, African nightcrawlers, and Canadian nightcrawlers.
Raising nightcrawlers (also known in their scientific name of Lumbricus Terrestris) can be really fun. You can be amazed at how bigger (can be 25 cm long and 1 cm in diameter) these worms can grow compared to red wigglers. Apart from that, they can also be easily distinguished for their dark-colored head and light-colored tail. Although they are slimy in character, there are also tiny bristles (setae) all over their body that help them move around.
Much like all kinds of worms, nightcrawler worms have hearts and a brain too. They have no eyes and ears but they are able to sense the things around them through vibrations. They also do not have lungs, but they are able to breathe through their skin. So it’s really important for a nightcrawler to be moist at all times. So if they do dry out, then this can lead to their death. Other than these interesting facts, nightcrawlers are also hermaphrodites. So imagine a worm having both the male and female reproductive organ. But of course, they’ll still need another of their kind to be able to mate and reproduce.
Vermicomposting with Nightcrawler Worms
You can use Nightcrawlers for vermicomposting. They too can be used with the breaking down of organic wastes; and turning these into a nutrient-rich source of garden supplement (also known as worm castings). And since they are soil burrowers, they are also of great help when it comes to keeping the soil aerated.
Nightcrawler Worms as Fish Bait
Nightcrawlers can also be used as bait worms. So if red wiggler worms were more preferred when it came to composting, then the nightcrawler type would be the most favored when it came to making worms into fish bait.
Aside from worm composting, nightcrawler worms can definitely be turned into a good food source. And since worms can be a great source of protein, a lot of animals can benefit from eating them. Not only is it fed to several kinds of fish, it can also be fed to insects, moles, birds, frogs, and snakes.