How Much Do Worms Normally Sell For?

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“How much do worms normally sell for?” ~ Mike Harris

Hi Mike,

Worms varies in price all around the world!

It also depends which types of worms you are looking at.

I will focus on the two most popular composting worms; the European Nightcrawlers (Denrobeana Veneta/Eisenia Hortensis) and the Red Wigglers (Eisenia Feotidas). In different parts of the world, the price difference between the two fluctuates. In the UK the Dendrobeanas will cost slightly less for the pound due to them being larger, resulting in less actual worms by weight.

There are many retailers in the UK which sells a mixture of both red wigglers and dendrobeanas for composting.

This is sometimes to bulk up the worm mixture since dendrobaenas are larger, and less are needed to fill the package. Some farms breed the two in the same farm, and by selling them as a mix it removes the need of separating the species. They both work well for composting, although by breeding them together you will soon see red wigglers dominating in the bin due to their faster breeding.

In the US on the other hand, Dendrabeanas costs a little more compared to the red wigglers, and mixture of worms as a product is less seen in the market.

Most of the worms are sold separately. There is a higher demand for the dendrabeanas due to the fishing Market. Dendras are very durable and more tolerant of a wider range of conditions, making them great for water fishing.

The following prices includes delivery costs.

Worms usually sell in 250g, 500g, 1kg and 2kg packages. Retailers will sell in larger packages, but they are usually special requested orders.

In the US and Canada red wigglers usually go for an average of US $50-55 with Dendras going up to $60.

In Australia, prices are also in the range of US$60 per kg.

In the UK it seems to be much cheaper with a 1kg mixture or just red wigglers goes for between £20- £30 (US $32-US $49). 1kg Denrobeanas costs about the same with 1 or 2 pounds cheaper.

Hope it helps!

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