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HELP! my worms seem to "committing suicide" by working their way to the juice reservoir and drowning.

12 Apr 2012

It is not unusual that worms fall or travel down into the collector tray at times. The Worm Café is designed with a refuge island in the base tray to assist with the worms finding their way back up to the working tray.

We suggest that you keep the tray open at all times to properly drain the unit and avoid any possible drowning.  

Worms are known as 'explorers', therefore if they are not hungry they may simply be having a look around the collector tray. 
It is a possibility that the worms will travel down into the collector tray to simply look around their environment.  If they are not readily finding their way back up to the working tray, you could place either a brick or an upside down empty ice cream tub in the middle of the collector tray to enable them to travel back up.

Alternatively, if there is a piece of non preferred food that has found its way into the unit, the worms may be travelling away from this or any other organisms this may have attracted.

During the cooler weather the worms will lose their appetite, therefore it may be that you are feeding them more than they can digest.  This can be fixed by not adding any scraps to your worm farm for 1-2 weeks and monitoring whether the worms make their way up to the working tray in their search for food.
 



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