this instructable was inspired by my dog, "Hunter".
one day as i was washing him with dog shampoo, i noticed that there were allot of worms all over my feet, and on closer inspection i noticed that in a 2m circle all around earth worms were shooting from the ground, and wriggling over the grass and going away to who knows where.
anyway, on another day when i washed the dog, within 2 minutes of washing off the shampoo, it happened again, worms were everywhere.
in this instructable, is about how to extract large amounts of worms from the soil, and also identifying a suitable area to extract the worms from!
in the included video you'll see that it only takes about 10 seconds before the worms come from the soil, times may vary depending on how much soap or shampoo you use.
remember not to take too many worms from one area in your yard or it may negative effects on the environment in your yard, its very easy to severely deplete worm numbers, so be sure not overdo it. and remember, the soapy water wont work twice in the same location twice in 9 days.
Step 1: What youll need.........
- water distribution device such as watering can , though i only use a the soap filled bucket (in areas where the ground is not saturated, a watering can is recommended.
- a dark cool damp shady spot were worms would like to chill out. this can be everywhere in tropics during monsoonal/wet-seasons
- environmentally friendly soap (i use dogs tea tree oil based shampoo) i use about 30-50ml's
- a filter of some sorts, an old, but clean rag will do
- a bucket to put your worms
- a container of some sorts (large bucket ) to mix the soap and water together, MUST NOT BE THE SAME BUCKET YOU PUT YOUR WORMS IN. SOAP IRRITATES WORMS IF THEY STAY IN CONTACT WITH IT FOR A LONG TIME, SO MAKE SURE YOUR WORM BUCKET IS 100% SOAP FREE.
i recommend washing the worm bucket with bicarb soda prior to putting the worms in
* an old beach towel you don't mind getting dirty
must be big