Category: Mealworms

Insect frass

Exciting, New Super Worm Poop Product!

At least I think that our new Super Worm Poop Product is exciting.  We are having our vinyl stickers for the shaker bottles made now.  Imagine the thrill of being able to shake Super Worm Poop over your garden soil and turn it into lush green plants, vegetables and fruit.  Are you imagining it?  Ahh!

Check it out!

Super Worm Poop

Insect Frass makes great fertilizer.

Our company produces Superworms, mealworms on 100% Human grade table grains and vegetables from our farm.  We grow potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and zucchini just for our worms.  We do not use chemicals, pesticides or hormones for our Superworms or Mealworms, so you can be positive that the worm poop that goes into your garden is only 100% nutrient rich worm poop.

Benefits:

Not only is our Super Worm Poop loaded with nitrogen    Super Worm poop enriches your garden soil and hydroponic systems with micro-organisms which will improve root structure and give your plants the push they need to be greener and healthier than ever. 

Super Worm Poop  is a natural source of chitin. Chitin is in the exoskeleton of our Superworms and Mealworms.  As the worms grow, they shed and those skins also grind into the worm poop.  The addition of chitin to hydroponic systems and garden soil can produce phenomenal results.   Chitin works by encouraging the growth of chitin eating bacteria. This bacteria attacks many forms of harmful plant fungus and nematodes. Chitin can help flowering plants produce flowers and fruits, and can also help plants produce natural oils and resins.  Think aromatic botanical and medicinal plants here.  

The Science:

On anti-pathogenic effects:

“A Review of the Applications of Chitin and Its Derivatives in Agriculture to Modify Plant-Microbial Interactions and Improve Crop Yields”

Russell G. Sharp 2013

“Chitin and its derivatives have been repeatedly shown to protect crops from pests, pathogens and physiological disorders. A number of modes of action have been identified for the beneficial effects of chitin-based treatment on crops, including direct antibiosis and the induction of plant defences. However, their action in stimulating beneficial microbes has proved particularly impressive, with chitin/chitosan amplifying the effect of beneficial microbes in controlling pathogens, promoting plant growth and remediating soil pollutants. Combined, these effects of chitin addition and the subsequent responses of plants and microbes have led to improvements in disease control, plant growth, and ultimately improved crop yield and quality. The effectiveness of chitin-based treatments has been found to be comparable to those achieved with current synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This effectiveness combined with the low cost, low concentration required, ample supply (recycled waste) and health/environmental safety lead to a forecast that a range of chitin-based/augmented products will become a more common feature in agriculture in the near future.”

 

How to use:

As a Hydroponic additive:

Mix 1-2 tbsp. of Super Worm Poop per gallon of nutrient solution. Keep well aerated.

For Indoor Plants:

Super Worm Poop can be mixed directly into the soil. Sprinkle the poop lightly on top of the soil on indoor plants. The Super Worm Poop nutrients will soak down thru the soil each time the soil is watered.

To Start Seeds:

The size and growth rate of seedlings and transplants will be remarkably improved when mixing 1 cup of Super Worm Poop to 1 cubic foot of seed starting mix.

In Your garden:

Super Worm Poop should be mixed directly into the soil. Simply lightly sprinkle Super Worm Poop around your plants right onto the soil using the shaker bottle your Super Worm Poop is delivered in.  The wonderful nutrients will soak down thru the soil each time the soil is watered.

On Your Roses and Perennials:

Top dress roses and perennials with Super Worm Poop or mix into the soil above the roots.

Right on Your Established lawn:

Broadcast Super Worm Poop at a rate of 5 lbs of insect frass per 100 Sq. feet of lawn.

For New lawns:

Apply 5 Lbs. of Super Worm Poop per 100 sq. ft. of lawn. Work the Super Worm Poop into the top 2" of the soil. Apply grass seed and water well.

Planting trees and shrubs:

Dig your planting hole. Apply 1/4" of Super Worm Poop to the center of the hole and spread the plants roots over the insect frass. Insert your plant and fill the rest of the hole with fertile soil.

Super Worm Poop Tea:

We do not recommend drinking Super Worm Poop, but if you are  fan of red worm compost tea, then you will love Super Worm Poop Tea.  The tea can be used to fertilize house and garden plants while watering. You can also be spray the tea on plant  leaves as a foliar fertilizer.

How to Make Super Worm Poop Tea:

Method 1: Soak 1 tbsp. of Super Worm Poop in one gallon of water for 24 hours. Strain the tea solution and dilute with water as necessary before use.

Method 2: Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1" full of Super Worm Poop and then fill the bucket with water. Use a small aquarium pump with a bubbler to add oxygen to the solution. The tea should be allowed to steep with the oxygen bubbles for at least a few hours. Strain the tea solution and dilute with water as necessary before use.

For a microbial kick to your Worm Poop Tea, add 1/4 cup of molasses when brewing.

 

Mealworms

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.

 

Giant Mealworms

How to Grow Giant Mealworms

I get asked every week how we make Giant Mealworms.  Well, I decided to stop answering that question via email because I am going to share it right here for everyone to read.

Giant mealworms are treated with a growth regulator.  I have become tired of seeing mealworm sellers state that they don't use chemicals on their mealworms to get them to become giants. Of course, they do use chemicals.  There isn't any other way to do it.

We use a brand called Diacon II to spray on the beds of our giants.  We never use the same bins for other mealworms and the giants are in a separate building so that we do not contaminate our breeding and pet supply stock.

Facts:

  1.  They cannot breed once treated because the treatment stops the mealworm from becoming a beetle.  It interrupts the process and makes them grow larger instead.
  2.  The chemical is not toxic to pets or people, but it is still a chemical and I would not ingest it.  I also would not feed them to my pets. I say that right on our site at http://www.wormman.com. 
  3. If you want big mealworms for reptiles and pets, then use large mealworms or get medium superworms.  Both of those choices are not treated at Worm Man.
  4.  They do make awesome bait.
  5. In order to purchase the chemical, one must be a certified and licensed pest control operator.  I get recertified every 5 years in order to be able to by growth regulator.

Watch our video for more information.