Euro Nightcrawlers - Eisenia
AKA: Belgium Red Worms
Makes an Ideal Live Bait, Vermicomposting or Live
Food Worm for Pets!
Eisenia hortensis, commonly known as the Driftworm, European Nightcrawler,
Garden Worm, Angle Worm or Leaf Worm, is recognized as an ideal bait and live
food worm. Measuring approximately 3 to 5 inches length (fully grown), this worm
is ordinarily used as bait for bass and large fish, but they are also an
excellent vermicomposting worm.
All the Bulk Europeans we ship are approximately 1.5 grams each (3"-4" long).
Our Cupped European Nightcrawlers (Euro Driftworms) are slightly larger than
bulk. Please do not expect these worms to look like the Canadian Nightcrawlers.
European worms will not grow as big as the Canadian Nightcrawlers, but can get
up to 4.5 grams, be 4-6" long and as thick as a #2 pencil... with proper feed
Although Red Wigglers or Redworms are the better known composting earthworms,
European Nightcrawlers make great composting worms for those who wish to grow a
larger earthworm. Much bigger than their smaller cousin the Red Wiggler or
Redworm, European Nightcrawlers are easily grown in the same manner as Red
Wigglers. Besides their size, the main difference between Red Wigglers and
European Nightcrawlers for composting is that European Nightcrawlers do not
breed as quickly nor eat as much as Red Wigglers. Kept reasonably warm and well
fed, adult European Nightcrawlers will produce about one egg capsules per
earthworm a week. It takes from three to seven months from hatching to maturity.
The happier and less crowded they are, the faster they will reach maturity.
European nightcrawlers are not only the toughest and most active worms on the
market, but are the only earthworm that can be used successfully in salt water.
Euro Nightcrawlers have been used for ice fishing in the frigid waters of
Northwestern British Columbia, and have been found to be still active on the
hook after 30 minutes in the water under 18" of ice! They also make excellent
food for birds, turtles, reptilians, exotic pets, aquarium and pond fish.
Euro Nightcrawlers should be stored in a cool dry location at room
temperature. Do not store in a refrigerator.
Euro Nightcrawlers are packaged approximately 300 -350 Count per lb.
Read our Bait and Composting Worm Care Instructions