Frequently Asked Questions
I keep hearing different names for Black Solider Fly Larvae, What is the difference between Reptiworms., Phoenix Worms® and Calciworms®?
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All the above worms are the same species of Black Solider Fly Larvae (Hermetia illucens). The difference between them is how they are raised and what they are fed. Our worms environment is 100% controlled and they are only fed a custom milled organic grain meal. This is done to ensure our animals don.t get passed on anything that could harm them. Remember we feed over 2,000 of our own Bearded dragons these every day. The last thing we want to do is harm an animal.
What can i feed the worms to make them get larger?
You can feed the worms a mash mixture of cricket feed or corn meal.
You will do a 1:1 ratio of food:water.
You want it to be almost the consistency of mashed potatoes. You do not want it too wet or it will harm the worm.
You should give the worms their body size in mash. For example, if you have a container with a 1/4" of worms, then give them 1/4" of mash. The food should be replaced when it turns dark. Most worms will need food twice a week.i
Please note that the worms can grow very fast. they grow from the small to medium size in 1-2 weeks. Once the worms are the size you desire you will want to stop feeding them and cool them down to 50-60 degrees F.
Some of my worms are dark brown/black. Is there something wrong?
No, the worms naturally start turning brown/black as they are preparing to change into a fly. This is actually when they have the most calcium. They can still be fed when they turn brown/black and can be fed even when they turn into a fly.
What's the best way to feed the worms to my pet?
We have found keeping them in a dry tapered dish works very well. Youll fine the worms don.t move very fast and have a tough time climbing.
My reptile/amphibian accidently ate some of the packing medium. Will it be ok?
Yes, your reptile will not be harmed by the packing medium. We do suggest letting your worms sit in the pets feeder dish for a couple of minutes before putting it into the cage. This will let the worm remove the medium from itself and it very easy to remove it from them.
What are the worms packed in?
The worms are packed in a natural material that will not mold. It is NOT their food, they are not packed with food because we do not want the worm to create waste which will cause them to stink or even worse die . The Natural material will not hurt your animal.
If I do cool them down, should I warm them back up before feeding them out?
YES! Bring the amount of worms you want out of the wine cooler and let them warm up to room temperature so that they become active and are more appealing to the dragon.
How can I get my worms to live/last longer?
You can get your worms to last longer by cooling them to 50-60 degrees F. This can be done by putting them into a wine/beer fridge. Normal refrigerators will cool them down too much and can cause them to die after a day or two. Cooling them will allow the worms to stay alive for months. Keeping them at room temperature will keep your worms alive for 2-3 weeks.