We have found that during warmer months, the mealworms will eat the bedding and increase their activity which generates more heat. The extra heat and the castings they produce will result in a percentage of your worms dying.
If the mealworms get very hungry they will often nibble on the newspapers we pack them in (we only use newspapers with soy based inks). We offer our custom milled bran for $2.00 a pound in our store and will glady ship some with your worms in a separate container.
We want to reduce our paper use and waste; we ship out over 600 orders per week and that would use a LOT of paper! Instead, we send you an electronic confirmation of your order.
If you prefer to have a slip, please leave us a note at checkout and we will be very happy to include one with your order.
While this popular misconception is very flattering, unfortunately we didn't harness the ability to geneticaly modify insects in the 1950s (which is too bad, we would be rich!).
There are lots of rumors about giant mealworms, and hopefully this FAQ will put them to rest.
There are two kinds of insects, those who go through a complete metamorphosis and pupate (beetles, flies, butterflies, waxworms) and those who don't (crickets, grasshoppers, roaches, and all true bugs). The difference is that those who pupate have a rapid decline in growth hormone which forces them to pupate, while those that don't keep a constant level of growth hormone throughout their life time.
We found a way to keep the level of that hormone constant in our giant mealworms as it is in insects who don't pupate (crickets and roaches for example), so they won't go through metamorphosis. The energy that they would have spent forming a pupa is now spent into growing longer and thicker. There is no hormone present in a giant mealworm that isn't present in a regular growing mealworm or in insects that do not metamorphose.
While the thought of being percieved as scientific geniuses was a lot of fun, our giants are just not genetically modified.
These are the larvae of the Dermestid beetle. They are a harmless tag-along that come with raising mealworms. They beetles can fly and come into our rooms with the mealworms to eat their grain. We are strongly against the use of chemicals with our mealworms and so we have them hand picked daily to control them. Because we are all organic, we have the occasional larvae and/or beetle come with your shipment.
We assure you they are harmless and your animals can safely eat them!
Many growers sell them calling them "clean up crew" beetles because they will also eat any dead insects that are in your bins for you.
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