Question - Do worms eat fungus?

Answered by: Janice Lee  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-08-2021  |  Views: 1405  |  Total Questions: 14

Worms eat organic material including dead leaves, lawn clippings, fruits, vegetables and fungi such as mushrooms. They have hard time, however, digesting meats or fats. Mold is not directly harmful to the worms. In fact the worms need the mold to break down the food waste. The worms then eat the mold itself and the smaller pieces of food matter. That's a taboo, worms don't like to talk about it. Seriously though, they seem to decompose very fast. Way faster than most of the food scraps in the bin. So we don't "see" (at least I don't) worms eating dead worms, because the latter are already unrecognizable as worms. You may occasionally notice patches of mold or sprouts in your worm bin. Molds and fungi are a natural part of the composting process, helping to break down the food waste. Vegetables may sprout in your bin because of all the nutrients present. Worms will eat a LOT of stuff. They can eat any of your food scraps, cardboard, sawdust, leaves (any), fruit rinds, and almost anything else they will have access to in the wild. As long as the worms pretty much have these three ingredients they will eat it. The ingredients being bacteria, fungi, and algae.

https://unclejimswormfarm.com/what-do-i-do-if-my-worms-are-sick/

If you notice that some your worms are dead, act quickly to save the remaining worms with these steps: Move worms to a new, clean bin. Even if you don't have another designated worm bin, clean and use whatever container you have on hand. In the future, keep another bin around in case of emergency.

https://naturesfootprint.com/community/articles/worm-bin-temperature/

Red wiggler worms thrive in temperatures between 55° and 75° Fahrenheit (12° to 24° Celsius). They will slow down reproduction and feeding in extreme heat or cold, and can even die if the temperatures get too extreme.

http://compost.css.cornell.edu/worms/moreworms.html

When worms die in the bin, their bodies decompose and are recycled by other worms, along with the food scraps. Worm castings are toxic to live worms.

http://cssf.usc.edu/History/2012/Projects/J2212.pdf

Gravel, sand, dead leaves, and potting soil were chosen for the experiment because they have different characteristics which will give a good variety. I believe that the earthworms will like dead leaves the best because it is organic matter which is a food supply.

https://www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/environment/sustainability/sustainable-gardening/worm-farms/worm-farmin

What do I feed my worms? Fruit peelings (watermelon, banana, mango, peach, nectarine, pear and grapes, apple cores) NO CITRUS – too acidic.

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-do-worms-eat-lesson-for-kids.html

Some of the things that worms eat include dead plants, live plants, dead animals, animal poo, and other microscopic animals. After they eat, they grind up and digest their food and pass the rest as waste, called castings, which go back into the soil and help plants grow and stay healthy.

https://donotdisturbgardening.com/can-i-put-moldy-food-in-my-compost-or-worm-bin/

It is not recommended to add moldy food to the compost pile just anywhere. Add moldy foods to the center of the compost pile and on top of brown, dried material like hay, leaves or grass clippings. This is useful because the center of the pile heats up more quickly, meaning your moldy food will decompose more quickly.

https://www.epicgardening.com/maggots-in-compost/

While you don't HAVE to do anything if the maggots you're dealing with are black soldier fly larvae, you may want to for one of two reasons: You find them gross and don't want them in your compost, no matter what. There are simply too many and it's interfering with the progress of your compost.

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/common-questions-and-answers-worm-farm-newbie/

What can I compost in a worm farm? Grains, cooked or uncooked (rice, oats, barley, wheat, etc. ) The smaller the pieces, the quicker they'll break down in the compost pile. Be sure to cut cores in half and break down the pumpkin you forgot to eat.

https://thrivingyard.com/vermicomposting-rotting-food/

Worms breathe through their skin, so eating too much rotten food or even filling your bin with rotten food can actually cause them to suffocate. More than likely, however, the worms will simply avoid the foods that are not appealing.

https://www.worm-composting-help.com/human-hair-dog-hair-in-the-worm-bin.html

you are quite right human hair is an excellent worm food and get recycled in worm farms and worm bins. So by all means add hair to the food waste and garden waste in your worm farm and let the worms recycle it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/vermicomposting/vermiculture-worm-death.htm

Air circulation – Air circulation is a common cause of compost worms dying in their bin. Even if your bin came with plenty of pre-drilled air holes, they can become plugged, causing oxygen starvation. Too little food may lead to your worms eating their own castings, which are poisonous to them.