Questions tagged [worms]

Use this tag with questions about unidentified worms or worms in general found inside fruits, in soil, etc. For questions specifically about earthworms use the [earthworms] tag.

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What kinds of larvae/maggots/worms are these?

While I was repotting my rosemary, I discovered several, fairly large, worm-like creatures (see images below; I found more after taking the picture, but they look the same as the other ones). For ...
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How to avoid black dots and green worms on a lettuce?

Just a week ago, I planted a young letuce in a small pot in my second-floor window. Today, I found these black dots: plus three big green worms (not shown). I have no idea how they got into the ...
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What is this hairy caterpillar?

I have hundreds of this kinds of caterpillar in my backyard . I want to know what is this and how can I rid of them ???
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White very small worms in the saucer water after watering from bottom

After I watered one of the plants using a saucer I found white worms swimming in the water. I could not identify them and I am looking for help to figure out if this is potentially harmful to my ...
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Tiny grey larvae(?) in worm bin leachate

I started a worm bin at the start of spring (side-by-side style, currently about 1/3 full, red wrigglers). So far, it's working out very well. The worms are happy, there are no vermin, the fruit flies ...
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tiny white worms, and black spots/dots on leaves of my basil and chilis

recently I have found on my chili plants a weird thing that happened a long time ago on a basil plant I bought from the shops. If I had to describe it, it is tiny white/translucent worms with a black ...
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How to use worm castings indoors?

My wife and I have a worm compost pile in our workshop that processes a few pounds of food waste a week. Up until now, it has been used in outdoor gardens. Now I am starting some indoor plant gardens ...
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Small red see through worms in houseplants

I bought a plant off of Facebook Marketplace and when I went to give it a watering these small red see through worms were sitting in the watering tray. I’ve watered the plant a few more times since ...
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Reusing soil with earthworms in pots?

I have several potted plants, and just today I noticed I have an infestation of small earthworms. I’ll be washing and repotting all these plants with fresh soil, but I don’t know what to do with the ...
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Small white worms in the garden compost

It's been a couple of weeks that I've started to recycle our kitchen scraps (vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, paper towels) in our garden. I've been reading various instructions over the internet ...
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Is there such a thing as ant castings?

I was reading that ants will kill worms off, so this got me wondering is there such a thing as ant castings since I've found that a type of stinging ants love to move into wood chip piles.
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Is a metal stock tank okay for worms?

I am worried about using a metal stock tank for my worms. I heard that is is ally bad for fish, so wasn't sure about worms. Just starting out and it is what I have on hand to begin with. Hoping ...
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Do wireworms eat germinated seeds?

My garden seeds did not come up this year and in the past I had problems with wireworms. Would wire worms or sow bugs destroy germinated seeds that did not come up through the soil? None of the ...
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Vermicompost Consumption Rates

I'm constantly like a worried mother towards my worm bin, and I know that isn't right because the worms supposedly thrive off of neglect. I had red wigglers in my bin before I had to get European ...
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Can cabbage worms (Pieris brassicae) smell cabbages from a distance?

I've got some cabbages and they had some cabbage worms. I picked up the worms and put them outside my fence. Can the worms smell their way back into my cabbages?
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Is it a black soldier fly?

I just came across this fly in my compost bin, I suspect it to be a BSF that would have hatched. Can anyone please confirm it.
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Potatoes chewed

My crop of early potatoes in containers has been decimated . They look like a mouse has been chewing on them with good sized potatoes chewed in half but they were too deep for mice to reach and no ...
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What kind of worm is this which lives in the soil of my potted mango tree?

When I was replanting my mango tree to a bigger pot I found some weird, very small, worms crawling around in the now rotten mango seed. I made a macro picture of them which you can see here: I also ...
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Need help identifying this worm

I noticed small holes in my kale and was concerned. When I looked under the leaf I saw this green worm (easy to spot). On more inspection I identified another 15 worms on this kale plant and another ...
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Will the worm population in my raised beds be OK during cold or hot weather?

I'm in zone 4 and just finishing up building some 3' tall garden boxes. In the winter, the whole thing will definitely freeze. I'm worried that my earthworms are going to have to burrow 3' + 16" ...
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Loss of 750 night crawler worms in a raised garden

I have a wooden raise garden, 4 foot by 8 foot by 24 inches in depth, containing 20 inches of rich soil. The bottom of the raised garden is a foot off the gound. Last spring I introduced into the ...
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Identification of a tiny, worm-like insect/parasite

I noticed small insects in my flower pot that I would like to know more about. They are usually extremely small (1-3mm); slightly resemble either minuscule caterpillars/worms of a greenish-yellowish ...
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Should I Switch to a Worm Composting Tube?

I'm thinking of taking my worm colony currently in a Rubbermaid and transferring it to one or two worm tubes in the ground outside. I read that red wigglers won't survive the winter but the cocoons do ...
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Worms appearing in potted Yucca after watering

I'm a gardening noob and bought my very first small indoor tree less than one month ago. It's a yucca elephantipes that looks very healthy: all the leaves are green and no insects/bite marks. I ...
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Is it normal that african night crawlers are always on top of my compost bin?

I don't usually put scrap foods on top so I am curious why african night crawlers are always on top of my bin? Is it because there's a lack of oxygen on the bottom part of my bin?
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What are the foods that I can put in my vermicompost?

I just got yesterday my worm compost and I am so happy about that. My question is what are the foods that I should and shouldn't put in my vermicompost? I've done my research and in general they say ...
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Is it safe to put animal manure on vermicompost?

I've searched already regarding this topic, it seeem that in this question the OP is not using worms. In this article it states that Don’t feed the worms pet waste or any “hot” manure. “Hot” ...
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What are these long, mostly translucent worms in my potted trees?

I buy, re-pot and take care of Norfolk Island Pine trees in my office. They're mostly decorated and displayed around Christmas time, but I take care of them year round and sometimes decorate them for ...
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White/translucent-worms what to do? [closed]

I found White/translucent-worms and I want to know what they are, how to take care of them and do they produce on their own?
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Camouflaged worms on indoor plants

I have worms growing on some of my plants, mostly those that are indoors. They eat the leaves voraciously. I've noticed them on spider plants and on the plant whose picture I've attached. Once they ...
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Worms in Hinklehatz peppers

I cut open some hinklehatz peppers from my garden today to dry them out and to my (unfortunate) surprise, I found some worms living happily inside a few of them! I stupidly reacted in a disgusted way ...
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Mass Earthworm Suicides on the Back Veranda

I live in Adelaide, Australia and during this winter season during rainy weather I have been finding large numbers of earthworms dead and stuck on the concrete of our back veranda (porch.) This isn't ...
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How deep to start my vermicomposter and how many worms to start?

I'm asking a few questions in getting my vermicomposter started. I'm using a 100gal Rubbermaid horse water tank. I'd like to know how deep the bedding should be when I start it and how many worms I ...
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What is the radius of a red wriggler earthworm for worm tubes?

I'm researching putting a worm tube in my fruit-tree orchard as per this article but before I do so I'm trying to find out what radius the red wrigglers (the worm type I plan on using) will travel ...
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Can I eat carrots with wormholes in them?

I started cleaning up and cutting two big carrots to make a soup when I realized worms had dug galleries in them. Is it safe to eat them even if I clean them? So far I have not found any worms but can ...
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Why build a worm bin? Why can't you have a worm heap?

I understand the value of vermiculture, and grew up with a wormbox on the back patio that made beautiful castings. What I don't understand is the purpose of the bin. If I kept a heap of worm-friendly ...
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Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?

Maybe it isn't worth much in smaller containers but at what size might this become beneficial? How many worms? Would I need to layer the bottom with additional food for them to eat? Would what the ...
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Can I use vermicomposting leachate to moisturize my worm bin?

I have a two container vermicomposting system with the bottom container having a tap to drain the leachate. I think I am maintaining my worm bin correctly as material feels damp but I cannot wring any ...
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Where'd the worms go?

To prepare for a tear-down rebuild, I had to remove our raised garden beds. Given the effort that went into building them, there was no way I was going to lose those beds to the gears of progress--...
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Which is preferred: worm castings or worm casting tea?

I was just wondering, for fast results in plants, which would you prefer: applying worm castings on the top soil or using worm casting tea, and why?
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Fig tree mystery worm problem

A friend has a fig tree which seems to be the target of a worm. As far as I can see the leaves and fruit do not have any bite marks or worms/insects inside them, but the fruit born was less this year, ...
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How do you attract and keep worms in your garden?

I have seen worm farms for sale down at the hardware store but have always been discouraged by the price. I know the benefits of using worm poop/tea on your garden, but I'm wondering whether it is ...
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Meshed-hole Direct Composting design - please comment, suggest changes, advise

I've been putting some worms in my raised beds and feeding them the fresher kitchen scraps. I'm starting to run out of spots to place the food, so for the next bed I build I want to put in some-type-...
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What is this leaf miner / tenter in my small bush/tree?

I have a small bush/tree. I don't know exactly what it is. What I see is the new growths folded over onto each other, and connected together. When I pull them apart, I can find tiny white worms with ...
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When is the earliest that I can safely add worms to my garden?

I live in northern Indiana and it is currently snowing. I want to add worms to my garden. Should I wait for it to warm up, start raining, or what?
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Translucent worms are growing on my moss, will they move onto other plants?

I started growing moss indoors and I now see a strange discoloration with a few tiny translucent worms on it. The moss is in an open jar and I mist it twice a day and keep it moist. How can I ...
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How to stop small black worms from eating my strawberries?

I planted strawberries a couple of years ago in a small patch of my back yard (in Sacramento, CA) and this year they are finally producing lots of strawberries. However, something is eating "divots" ...
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How do I keep red wiggler worms alive overwinter in the Northeastern USA?

I'm going to be moving into my first house soon in Westchester County, NY. I've done a lot of container and patio/balcony gardening and am looking forward to having a real backyard garden. I want to ...
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