Now you really want to look at the worms, don’t you? Maybe even pick them up?
The truth is, worms hate light. When you open the lid of your bin, you will probably see worms scoot down into the bedding away from the light as fast as they can.
If you want to take your time watching worms, get a red light. Worms don’t see the color red, so a red light is less bothersome to them than a bright white light. Cover the head of a flashlight with the red plastic wrap used to cover food in the kitchen, and secure it to the flashlight with a rubber band. Darken the room and use the flashlight for light as you watch the worms. (Don’t leave the flashlight on unattended.)
Another idea is to use a red light bulb in a lamp fixture. Red light bulbs are typically available in stores around Christmas. Don’t position the bulb too close to the worms because the heat would bother them.
As far as handling the worms, be gentle and don’t overdo it. Worms breathe through moist skin. Over-handling them can dry out their skin and impair their breathing. Always wash your hands both before and after handling worms.
Mary Tynes, Master Composter, www.mastercomposter.com
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