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Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0  
My father was an electrician and inventor.

When he died, he left me a probe that he made that he used to get fishing worms. (He had a great sense of humor). It is a rod that you stick in the ground, has a cork handle on the end with an extension cord built into it.

I have never used it, as I was afraid it would hurt the worms. (Talking huge nightcrawlers here).

Do you think it would be cruel to use it and gather the worms to put in my outside bin?
 
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Re:Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 2  
Hmmmm. I recall reading something somewhere (?) about a particular frequency or vibration that worms respond to and flee. I don't remember if this response was species specific or not. Maybe try it on your outdoor worms first.
 
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Re:Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 5  
I am thinking Bass Pro sells a gizmo like that for the fisherman that want to harvest their bait themselves. I would think it would really stress the poor creatures to no end but I guess if they are going on the end of a hook in short period of time it wouldn't make that much difference.

I just wonder if it would take them longer to settle in a bin situation if they were harvested in that manner. I guess as long as they were not hurt in anyway from the shock. Just sounds a bit cruel, but maybe it isn't.

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Re:Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0  
I really wasn't thinking of harvesting my bin with the probe, I was thinking of using it down in the back by the creek, and bringing the worms up to my outside bin. Then I would use those nightcrawlers to fish with.

(I could never shock my indoor babies with a probe).
 
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Re:Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0  
I have heard that it is hard to raise the big nightcrawlers in a bin because they live vertically and go so deep in the ground. (so much for thier living under a cardboard box)

I also read that worms were being raised as food for another critter and they would "shock" the worms at feeding time so they would come to the surface so the other critter could feed on them. They set the voltage just right so that only the correct size worms were affected and thus the worm population was maintained in a perpetual cycle.
 
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Re:Electric probe to bring worms to surface 8 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hi Carol,

There is no way to set a current on this probe.

I don't have a bottom in my outside worm bin, I just throw my waste in the bin. It is just an old waterbed frame with 2 lids.

There are a lot of nightcrawlers in it already. It is in a damp shady place behind the garage.

One thing that concerns me is that there are hundreds of pill bugs in it and a few snails. Can I get too many pill bugs?

Thank you for the info!
 
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