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Why Composting Worms Climb to Top of Bin?

Updated on December 29, 2010

Why do worm composting worms climb to top of the bin?  This one crucial question should be addressed to avoid problems in the future.  If for the first three days, this will happen, it is but normal as the Red Wiggler worms are still trying to adapt to their new environment.  However, if this continues to even after the adjustment period, something must be wrong with how you handle the whole process.

Check on the Moisture

The worms will leave the bin if not given the right moisture.  Red Wiggler worms will survive if they are in a moist environment.  Too much water will kill them and too so is too much dryness.  The worms breathe through their skin thus a waterlogged place will drown them.  On the other hand, too dry bedding will irritate them.

To avoid such problem, have a sprinkler on hand so that each time the bedding gets dry, you can spray it with water.  For soggy bedding, you have to keep on adding newspapers and shredded cardboards.  You may also add peat moss as they are good in handling too much moisture.

Is the Acidity Level Good?

Well, some would say that a pH level of 6.0-6.5 will be good but some would also say that you can prevent worm composting worms climb to top of bin if you can maintain an acidity level of 6.5-7.0. Do not feed Red Wiggler worms with citrus or any acidic food. And to further balance the acid, add lime (but never hydrated lime to the bedding materials.

Are you giving the right food?

One reason why Red worms escape from the bin is the presence of foods that are not right.  You are not supposed to give fresh animal manure to the worms.  Also, dairy products and meat are not good. offers quality organic gardening products. Buy live and healthy worms for composting like Red Wiggler worms and European Nightcrawlers. You can also buy organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and other green gardening supplies and equipments here. Visit their site and browse their catalog to know more about their products.


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      wormcompostingfan 5 years ago

      Definitely David! If you give them a proper home, feed them and give them the attention that they need they will definitely thrive happily. :) Do you know what kind of nightcrawlers they are?

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      David 5 years ago

      I have caught many night crawlers. From my yard. If I maintenance them properly will they reproduce?