Beetle Baskets for Your Mealworms and Superworms

If you want to save a ton of time then invest the time in making some mealworm and superworm baskets for your worm breeding operation.  We used to take hours to move beetles and mealworms one at a time until we made these beetle baskets.  Now, what used to take us all day, takes us about 15 minutes to physically move all of our baskets to new trays of bedding.

I made a video showing you how to do it and I will also give you step by step instructions below.

You will need:

  1.  Dish Pans, which can be purchased for 5o cents to a dollar at most dollar stores.

    Bins for holding mealworms and superworm breeding beetles

  2.  A roll of hardware cloth with small enough holes so that the beetles cannot get through but the bedding and eggs will still be able to be sifted out.
  3.  I plastic welder.  I bought a bunch of the ones in the picture for about $13. 
  4. A glue gun that handles large glue stick.
  5. Glue sticks.

Step 1:  Cut out the bottom of the bins using the plastic welder.

Step 2:  Use the bottom section that you cut out as a template and cut the hardware cloth about 1 inch larger than the section you removed so that the hardware cloth overlaps with the plastic on the bin.  Step 3:  Using the hot glue gun, glue the hardware cloth to the bottom of the bin.

Step 4:  Watch the video and see our mealworm and Superworm beetle baskets in action.