Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Will my worms die if it gets to cold in the winter?

There are a couple of answers to the question:

First, how cold is cold to the African Red-wiggler worms?.... Any temperature below an air temperature of 40 degrees could be a problem for the worms. Second, there are several variables that could influence whether the worms might died of exposure, such as, how much bedding is in the bin (the more the better in the cold), is the bin sheltered from the elements, how warm is the bin material inside the bin (bacterial activity could have the bin 10 to 20 degrees warmer than outside the bin), and how long is the bin in the cold (a few hours to days)? The longer the worm bin is in the elements and the colder it gets, the more likely that some of the worms might parish. If you were to open a bin in the cold weather, you would notice that all of the worms would be huddled together for warmth and next to the food since that is where the bacterial activity is located (this is the heat source in the bin). My suggestion is to put the bin in a shed or garage next to the water heater or a dryer or under a low wattage light bulb during times of extreme cold, this will help the bin stay warm.