Worm Farming with Mealworms.
Mealworms are scavengers. It doesn't necessarily make them a bad worm, but it does help to figure out them. If you prefer to start a mealworm farm, you can find starters in damp, spoiled grain and grain products. Perhaps you have admission to a grain bin of some sort, a grain processing plant, or can get infested cereal from a cereal factory.
The night mealworm is the species found throughout the US. Anyone who has found them in their flour or corn meal would not consider them friends! But in this case, you can turn an enemy into a friend and gain a profit from the experience.
The trick to worm farming of any kind is to start small and work your way up. You need to learn your limits and gain experience, find a market for your mealworms, and become educated about your product. But anything worth having is worth employed by.
People have in the past been known to use the mealworm as fish bait or food for their birds or reptiles. They're people food in some places!
One interesting fact about mealworm farming is that powdery residues can congregating in the containers. This residue, a.k.a. frass, comprises mealworm eggs. You can separate this frass with a sifter of some sort every four weeks, keep it in some other container, and feed it with raw bits of potatoes or bran. It takes a month for the eggs to hatch.
Women are capable of producing up to 500 eggs, but the adults only live a short while of 3 months at most. They get their fluids from wet fruits like apples or over-ripe bananas and vegetables such as the potato or carrot. They also lay eggs on these foods. You can hold on to them alive and dormant at temperature ranges over 40 degrees. They prefer warm environments of 80 degrees to grow and change. So, don't plan on them reproducing at the lower temperature ranges.
Did you recognize you can eat mealworms raw and live? Ok, it's not your average meal, but it is healthy and is encouraged in different countries. If you prefer the benefits, but can't stomach the thought, maybe you could try baking them or turning them into flour to use in other recipes. Just spread them on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for around 3 hours at 200 degrees. They're done when brittle. Toss them into a blender or grinder until they resemble wheat germ. If nothing else, you could safely serve them to that irritating cousin just for a laugh. It can be your little secret!
Meal worm farming is one of the cheapest worm farming you can enter. It's a good way to try and can sometimes be a safe way to feed your pets something natural and healthy. You could contribute the worms to your dog or cats diet by using the flour to make your own dog or cat food. Safe, natural, and healthy is the wave of the future.
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