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Clear little worms

I'm hoping these are just baby EF earthworms since I noticed that there were some medium ones in there as well. Hopefully they are not something else though. Can anyone verify these are babies?

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Comment by Christy Ruffner on May 14, 2008 at 11:46am
Those are not baby worms, common mistake thought. They are white worms, or nematodes. They are part of the composting system, not the nematodes you find in your garden soil. Many growers grow them for fish food, a delicacy. They thrive in the moist environment and eat the same things your redworms do. They're ok.
Comment by Caz on May 15, 2008 at 10:32pm
your community looks incredibly healthy and vibrant, as worms go. what does your wife think of your taking all those closeup shots of the bin denizens? when I open the lid to check in on my worms, sometimes I feel like Will Smith in MiB when he opens that locker and they all go, 'All hail K'
Comment by Susan B on May 31, 2008 at 11:27am
Caz, thanks for that visual. I'll probably be doing the same thing now. I don't know how one addresses hermaphrodites (Hi, its?) This will help.
Comment by sandi on June 23, 2008 at 9:29am
No offense, Christy, but white worms (aka pot worms) and nematodes are not the same thing. These are pot worms in Steven's bin and absolutely harmless. Nematodes though, are microscopic little buggers that would require some fancy camera shootin' to capture without use of a microscope. ; )
Comment by Joe Ferrone on August 16, 2008 at 10:44pm
Nope, mine look a little fatter and have segments. I know the picture isnt great but I just figured out how to post from my cell phone and wanted to give it a try.

Great job on the new map options - that will help get new folks going faster.
Comment by J____ on October 14, 2008 at 6:50am
I had a ton of them and I thought I should get rid of them because my worm bin was doing well. I got rid of them with D.E. (dichotomous earth) but now I think they were really helping with the composting and since I got rid of them, my worm bin slowed way down and I wish I had them back.

Yes, they look like pot worms and their population can explode. I had a few, then I had at least 10 times as many as I had red worms. I miss them now and hope I can get them back some how some day, unless I have a population explosion of red worms.

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