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What Are Brandling Worms or Red Worms Used For?

What Are Brandling Worms or Red Worms Used For?

Brandling worms or red worms is a species of earthworm adapted to decaying organic material. Usually found in garden compost but also in wet, decaying leaf litter, organic-rich soils and manure heaps along with other types of worms eg. earthworms, white worms can be used for making your own compost bin.

They have groups of bristles (called setae) on each segment that move in and out to grip nearby surfaces as the worms stretch and contract their muscles to push themselves forward or backward. Worms can be very abundant in such situations. They are commonly used to turn yard and landscape debris and biosolids into soil enriching vermicompost. Brandling Worms are encountered most often as fishing bait.

When introduced into soils where they are not endemic, brandling worms will damage ecosystems by changing soil composition. These areas include soils of sandy loam, pine barrens, and possibly others. Such possible causes of contamination can be careless fishermen, trees or soil trucked in from other areas, transportation of potted plants, etc.

Content for this question contributed by Rex Young, resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA