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How Many Hearts Do Worms Have? Do Earthworms Have a Heart?

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Do worms have hearts? The answer is pretty complex – yes and a no. In one way, they have functioning hearts – but in another, they’re not really hearts at all. Though their hearts are not the same shape as ours, they perform the same functions. Five aortic structures conduct the activity of their hearts, and these are located near the mouth. They perform by contracting and releasing action in order to pump blood around...

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Earthworm vs Flatworm – What’s the Difference? (and do flatworms eat earthworms?)

If you’re considering putting earthworms and flatworms together, make sure to take a different route. Believe it or not, these complex animals do not get on! Simply put, in the earthworm vs flatworm fight, the earthworm usually does not come out on top. These two types of invertebrates are incompatible. Over the years, some native flatworms have been joined by their overseas cousins. Especially invasive, those finding a way to the west from Australia and...

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Red worms vs Nightcrawlers (European Nightcrawler & Red Wiggler Differences & Similarities)

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What is a red wiggler – and what is a nightcrawler? And what are their differences? These are two common and popular kinds of worms sought by those with vermicomposting systems. They are closely related – in fact, they are known as cousins. There are some differences in size and coloring, and they also thrive on different types of food. If you are considering using vermicomposting bins for the first time, both the red worm...

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Do Nematodes Kill Earthworms? (or Are They Beneficial?)

Worried about nematodes taking a bite out of your beloved earthworms? There are a few things you need to be cautious about when it comes to mixing your wigglers with anything that’s rampant in your garden. Many of us do not know how important these little creatures are to the health and maintenance of our land. Thankfully, more and more people are realising just how important earthworms are to our eco-system! But what about the...

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Do Worms Eat Fruit? (Which Fruits to Feed Your Earthworms)

Fruits make up an essential part of our diet! The same goes for many creatures, to including the worm. Many households have a fruit bowl full of the general fruits, such as bananas, apples, oranges, and depending on the season, some extra tasty, fruity treats.  Yes, worms eat fruit, among other food scraps. Fruits are also an important part of a worm’s diet! But what fruit should you feed your worms, such as red wigglers?...

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Do Worms Eat Lettuce? (Can Red Wigglers Eat it?)

When it comes to their diet, worms really aren’t picky eaters. The general rule of thumb is that these little creatures will eat most of your food scraps, as long as it is organic decaying matter and, as you can imagine, that covers a pretty wide spectrum of things, including lettuce!  From banana peels, to apple cores, egg cartons, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit, leaves, all kinds of vegetable scraps, and, in moderation, even certain...

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Do Worms Eat Human Feces? (Should You Feed Earthworms Your Poo!?)

Worms can and do eat human feces. Gross but true! Believe it or not, toilets and other indoor plumbing are simply not available to everyone around the world, and in some places, people may relieve themselves wherever possible in the wild. (Consider yourself lucky!) In that case, it is important to know that, just as is the case with other animal excrement, human feces does decompose into the soil and is eventually eaten by the...

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Can Worms Eat Strawberries? (Do Earthworms Eat Strawberry Leaves?)

Yes, worms can eat strawberries. Red wigglers and other earthworms both feed off of decaying organic matter, which they can get from vegetation, animals, and of course, fruits and vegetables. Strawberries are perfectly fine for earthworms to eat and will, in fact, be a nice treat for them.  However, if you are planning on using strawberries as feed in your worm farm, then it is essential to know how much worms should consume them, how to...

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Do Worms Eat Snails? (And Do Snails Eat Earthworms?)

Snails can be a difficult thing for many gardeners to handle. They have a tendency of eating through fruits, petals and leaves, whilst the plants are still growing, damaging and even killing them. There are pesticides available to kill these little creatures, but using a harsh chemical in your garden could kill the creatures you do want around and the vegetation that you are growing.  Yes, worms do eat snails, but only when they’re dead...

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Do Worms Eat Sawdust? (Is It Better As Worm Bedding)

Sawdust is a very popular addition to many worm bins and worm farms as it is cheap, easy to find and a great way of recycling old wood. It is important to note that there are certain kinds of sawdust that are not to be used in a worm bin, but more on that later.  Yes, worms can eat sawdust – but should they? Does sawdust work better as good bedding? Will it be suitable...

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