Live Waxworm Care
Ideal Temperature, Storage and Maintenance
Bluebird Landing waxworms can be stored for a couple of weeks if kept at 55° F. This is the ideal temperature for waxworms; however, most refrigerators are a little colder than this. Often, the butter tray on the door of your refrigerator is the best place to find this ideal temperature. It's better to keep waxworms at room temp with low humidity than it is to store them in a refrigerator that is colder than 40° F in its warmest area. Cupped waxworms should be stored in their cup. They have entered a stage in their life cycle where they no longer consume food. They are living off the fat supplies in their bodies. This means you'll see them growing smaller the longer you keep them. Always remove any dead (black) wax worms from the container. It's extremely important that they be stored in low humidity.
Adding bedding in the waxworm container or cup is not necessary, but it can help wick away some of the moisture keeping the waxworms dry. If you use bedding we recommend 1"-1-1/2" depth of sawdust or pine shavings. This is the same material used to line hamster cages and can be purchased at any pet store or superstore such as Wal-Mart.