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Mealworm Culture Care Sheet

Mealworms (scientific name Tenebrio molitor)  are a treat to many herps, and some hobbyists prefer to continue their own cultures. Below is a brief outline on caring for your mealworm culture. 

Culture Care 

Upon arrival, transfer your mealworm into a plastic container (the quantity of worms determines the size of your container). If your container has a lid, it will need several aeration holes. First, fill the container with about 1"" of mealworm bedding. Then, add the worms, and continue with adding layer another 1"" of bedding on top. Mealworms can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks with very little maintenance. The mealworm bedding is their food source.  After two weeks, the Mealworms should be removed from the refrigerator, and a small amount of Insect Watering Gel or fresh veggies should be added to the top of the bedding. Allow the mealworms to stay at room temperature for about 24 hours. This will allow them enough time to ""wake up"" and become more active so that they can consume food and water.

It's simple to house mealworms, especially with Josh's Frogs mealworm kit, which includes the following:

  • Mealworms (100 count)
  • Bedding - 5 quarts
  • Egg flat
  • Sterilite insect culture 6 quart container

Links of Interest:

Fluker's Feeder Insect Care Sheets