Compost red worms are a species of domestic earthworm called Eisenia Fetida.
Recycle yard and household waste, paper, and manure, using compost red
worms. Also used for reptile, fish & bird feed.
Grow your own
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Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (fossil shell flour)products
Fossil shell flour is a natural non-toxic food grade product used for: pest control (ants, fleas, flies
etc), livestock & pet feed mineral additive, soil & worm bed enhancer . . . See below for more info.
10 lbs Fossil Shell Flour
$27. + 15.00 UPS shipping
Ten lbs--
50 lbs Fossil Shell Flour
$45. + 35.00 UPS shipping
Fifty lbs--
History & Use Information
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Pet & Animal Powder 2 lbs
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$27. + 10.00 UPS shipping

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(Diatomaceous Earth & Pyrethrum
mixture for tough infestations. This
product works faster than 100% Fossil
Flour because the natural Pyrethrum
taken from Chrysanthemum flowers is
a nerve irritant to insects, causing
them to move frantically, thus
dehydrating and dying faster.)

Apply directly to your pet and his
bedding. Can safely be used inside or
outside your home. 8 oz to 16 oz will
treat 1,000 sq ft. Use as a dry dust or
mixed with water at the rate of 2 oz per
quart and sprayed as a liquid.

Fire Ant Powder 2 lbs
$29. + 10.00 UPS shipping

Fire Ant Powder 30 lbs
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Diatomaceous Earth, Pyrethrum, &
Piperonyl Butoxide (from Sassafras
plants) mixture for tough infestations.
This product works faster than 100%
Fossil Flour because the natural
Pyrethrum taken from Chrysanthemum
flowers is a nerve irritant to insects,
causing them to move frantically, thus
dehydrating and dying faster. Piperonyl
Butoxide is a Synergist, causing the
Pyrethrum to be 10 times more effective.

Apply directly in and around the ant
nest. To kill the queen, build a dirt
funnel, and using 4 tablespoons per
gallon of water, plus 1 tablespoon of
mild detergent, shake, then pour into
the hole.

Use as a dry dust or mixed with water  
and detergent.
5 lbs Fossil Shell Flour
$19. + 12.00 Priority shipping
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See below for history and use information of Food Grade Fossil Shell Mineral Flour

The U.S. EPA allows food grade DE use in food storage and processing areas (Fed. Reg. 1981). The FDA
has exempted diatomaceous earth from requirements of fixed residue levels when added to stored grain
(Fed. Reg. 1961).

The IPM Practitioner, Monitoring the Field of Pest Management, William Quarles, Volume XIV, Number
5/6, May/June 1992, published studies of dairy farm use of diatomaceous earth to control worms and
other internal parasites.

Dr. Phillip Schaible, University of Michigan, published his research on diatomaceous earth and the
benefits to the livestock industry. National Geographic in 1979 did an article about the history and
benefits of diatomaceous earth.

An analysis of 14 trace minerals was done by Galen D. Knight, Ph.D, President Vitale Therapeutics, Inc.
by MALDI mass spectometry.

DE was also tested and proven by Louis Delisle and Arizona State University. Because of its chelated
minerals and dissolvability it is used in hydroponic gardens, and packaged and sold in chiropractor
offices, health food stores, and in holistic doctors offices.
*Scroll down for Red Worm Care Notes*
Mineral                PPM        %Composition                Mineral        PPM        %Composition        
Calcium             1300         0.13                             Vanadium          4          0.0004        
Magnesium        750.67     0.075067                     Germanium        2          0.0002        
Sodium              680          0.068                            Mercury             2          0.0002        
Potassium         478           0.0478                         Cadmium           1          0.0001        
Copper                 4            0.0004                         Lead                  5          0.0005        
Zinc                      5.33       0.000533                     Aluminum     1100          0.1100        
Iron                  950            0.0950                         Arsenic               0          0        
Phosphorus        76            0.0076                         Lithium               3          0.0003        
Selenium              2            0.0002                         Strontium          20         0.002        
Silicon (Soluble)  21.67       0.002167                     Barium              11.33    0.001133        
Boron                   7             0.0007                         Gold                   0.067   0.0000067        
Manganese        32.33        0.003233                     Telurium             0          0        
Chromium             2.33       0.000233                     Thallium              0          0        
Cobalt                  5.67        0.000567                     Beryllium            0.05      0.000005        
Tin                        3.67        0.000367                     Bismuth             0           0        
Nickel                    2.33       0.000233                     Total Acid Soluble            0.5470117        
Molybdenum        0.67        0.000067                      Acid insoluble matrix      99.4529883*        
Total Composition                100.0000000        
* Note: Difference from Acid Solutes. Purity of the Diatomaceous Earth ( Fossil Shell Flour) was confirmed
by MALDI mass spectometry, indicating that the material is virtually free from any other form of contamination.
MALDI is a technique in which the matrix is used to assist ionization of molecules on the surface of the material,
caused by a blast from a UV Laser. This analysis confirms purity and suggests that even the above listed trace
elements are not readily ionized and volatilized from the surface.                        
Galen D. Knight, Ph.D.                
President, VitaleTherapeutics, Inc.        
3205 Arizona NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110  USA                               
website: www.VitaleTherapeutics.org   


Toxic Heavy Metals affect the body differently than metals that are known nutrients and metals that bind water
and sulfur compounds. Nutritious metal ions provide protection against the accumulation of toxic metal ions. This
is why chelation therapies and mineral supplementation are successful.



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  • Local pick-up--bring your own container--43-45 lbs Worm Castings $20.
43-45 lbs without container $25.  (By appt in Deming, New Mexico)

                  NOTE: All my worm castings will contain worms and egg capsules
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This Food Grade Fossil Shell Mineral Flour/Diatomaceous Earth is listed in OMRI--Organic Certified Materials Institute
Last Update Sept 21, 2009
  • 2 lbs of worms (approx 2,000 worms). Your shipment of 2,000
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    pounds of bedding material.

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40lb+ castings
available for
local pick-up
(by appt) only.
Please don't contact Galen or VitaleTherapeutics for worm sales information. They are
scientists, not worm farmers. Thanks.

Sorry, I had to remove my phone number from the
website due to countless unsolicited calls.
Please contact me by email. Thanks.
Local pick-up for bulk run
worms available. Bring your
own buckets or bins.

$10 per 5 gallon bucket of
bulk worms (approx 1,000
worms) with donkey manure

By appointment only. Contact
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               Red Worm Care Notes

When the worms are shipped from the worm farm, they can look so poor upon receipt, especially during hot
weather, or if the shipment was delayed, that it’s hard to believe they will rebound, but they do. After a day or two
in their new home, they gain weight and spring back to life.

(Below are multiple worm farming techniques from small scale worm growers, to give you ideas that might fit your

                TECHNIQUE 1:

For worm food, I used fruit scraps and bread products without any trouble. I placed banana peels, apple and pear
cores, dry baby cereal, coffee grounds with filter, leftover bread, etc, ½” beneath the surface of the bedding.
Bacteria beneath the surface decompose the food and turn it into a wet muck, which is then edible to the worms.

Initially, I would feed the worms every three or four days or until I saw the majority of the food was gone. I’ve
read that red worms can consume their weight in organic food each day, thus 1 lb. of worms needs 1lb. of food per
day. I can’t say how much food I fed my worms (I never measured), but I fed them scraps more or less at my
convenience. Remember that shredded newspaper, saw dust, peat moss, and cardboard egg cartons are not only
moisture aids, but also organic material that is consumed by the worms when other food is not available. Note:
because of the microbial activity, I believe it is important to keep the mixture aerobic, so I would turn the entire
mixture over about twice a week to keep air and water moving through the soil.

As a side benefit, red worms generate droppings, called castings, which are rich in nutrients. Inside my
*Styrofoam bin, I divided the culture into two distinct portions: one side had the food, larger clumps of soil,
moisture retaining material and worms, the other side had all the small black dirt (castings) that was gradually
separated from the first section. I would allow the separated black dirt to set for a week or so to allow any worm
eggs to hatch or allow any other worms to migrate to the food section. Once collected, the organically rich compost
is used as potting soil for all the house plants. You will not find a better commercially available natural medium.

*(The worms were placed into a standard size fish styro containing a mixture of damp peat moss and potting soil.
To help retain moisture, I also cut strips of newspaper and shredded a cardboard egg carton and added both to the
mixture. The moisture was maintained at a damp level, just a bit drier than what I would consider wet… somewhat
the consistency of pipe tobacco. At first, I placed the original styro lid on the box but this proved to be too close
fitting. The mixture turned moldy and smelled musty within 2 weeks. I modified the lid by poking a ballpoint pen
through the Styrofoam to create 25 holes in a grid pattern. Each hole was no bigger than the diameter of the pen.
This proved adequate enough for ventilation without drying the mixture or allowing curious worms to escape.)


There are many species of manure worms or 'composting worms' that are so closely related only an expert can tell
the difference.  Whether called a red wiggler, red gold, striper, curler, tiger or any other fancy name, chances are
they are a variety of a red worm.  Raised as a bait worm, but also for organic gardening and reptile food,  
composting worms live, breed and work in groups while living in and eating organic waste.  They live and breed
mostly in the top four to six inches of bedding.

Red worms require a bedding made of manure and some other type of organic material.  We use 50% peat moss
to 50% manure.   We try to use as much rabbit manure as possible in our bedding mixture, but we also use cow,
horse and poultry manure.   The important thing to remember with the bedding is that is has to be past the heating
stage.  Hot manure (fresh manure) needs to be composted a bit before your bedding is mixed.  Failure to do this
will cause the bedding to heat, and your worms may die.  Another great bedding is shredded newspaper or
cardboard with manure.  Worms love paper bedding.  Shred the newspaper and then soak it.  After it is soaked let
the water drip from it for a couple of minutes and place it in the beds or pits.  Mix in manure and a you will have
your bedding.  There are many different things that can be used for bedding.  If you remember the following you
will be able to improvise: Red worms need moisture at all times.  The more moisture the bigger they will become.  
But remember to check the pH level, should be close to 7 or neutral.

If using grain, top feed your worms.  Many people believe that mixing feed in with the worms will work best.  I
have found that top feeding with chicken layer mash works well.  Place in only enough feed for a day or so.  Do not
mix the beds until the feed is gone.  This will stop the feed from getting mixed in, and causing the bedding to heat
and sour.  Mixing feed into the bedding will cause the bedding to sour.  Sour bedding will kill worms. Test your soil
regularly with commonly bought pH testers.  These testers are only a couple of bucks, and can be found at many
feed and garden centers. Sprinkle pulverized limestone on top of the bedding after watering to control acid.

Worm beds can be constructed from a variety of materials.  We have used plastic tubs of various sizes, 1" x 12"
lumber and concrete blocks.  We have earth-bottom beds and concrete-bottom beds.  A 4' X 8' bed is a convenient
size to start on a small scale.  Try to locate natural shade for beds under trees, if possible.  You can build a shade
over your beds, but we try to take advantage of natural shading.  Commercial worms, raised in captivity, will need
to be shaded from the hot sun, and protected from winter rains.  Worms in their natural environment go down into
the soil for protection from the elements.  To build a bed with concrete blocks, dig down 6" and level the ground.  
Set the walls of the bed with the bricks and fill the bottom with concrete.  Leave ½" x ¼" drainage holes at each
corner.  Place 3" of gravel at the bottom of the bed.  When you feel comfortable raising worms, you can build
larger beds of commercial size, up to 50 to 60 feet.  The beds should be 1½ to 2 feet high.

Mixtures for bedding can be any combination of peat moss, composted rabbit, horse or cow manure and shredded
paper, (newspaper/cardboard) - Fill a tub with Canadian peat moss.  Soak it for at least 24 hours.  It takes a day or
two for the peat moss fibers to open.  Drain the water, as if to rinse the peat moss.  Add an equal amount of other
materials.  The mixture should be moist, not soaking.  When you can squeeze out a few drops of water it is ready
for worms.

You may also use other material that you have on hand.  Worms will live in most any rotted material.  They eat
anything that was once living.  You can also use materials such as leaf mold, composted sawdust, peanut hulls, dry
wall, or sewer sludge.  Shred your material, the finer the better.

When there is no danger of burning worms from composting heat, take the mixture and fill the beds to within 6" of
the top. Make sure the bed filler mixture is moist.

Worms raised in captivity are dependent on their caretaker to keep their environment safe, as they have no
where to escape.  If your worms are crawling up the sides of your beds in an attempt to "get out", there is
something foul with your bed.  They need food, moisture, oxygen and a pH between 6.0 and 7.0, 6.5 being ideal.
Sprinkle the bed with ground limestone to reduce the acid level, sulfur to raise it.


After filling your beds with bedding, just lay the worms on top and let them burrow into the material.  Within
twenty minutes they should disappear into the bed.  This way they create their own holes from the start. (Any dead
worms will be left on top and should be removed.)  You should then put feed over the bed sparingly.  Wet the feed
until it is moist.  When the feed disappears from the top of the bed, replenish it in the same way.

Water your beds daily with a light sprinkling.  We use a sprinkling wand purchased from a nursery or hardware
store.  With time you will learn the proper amount, adjusting for your climate.  Add about 1" of your bed filler
material once a month to give the worms new bedding and also help out with feeding.  Once a month you should
turn your beds with a pitchfork so your bed filler will stay loose; always avoid standing on or stepping on your
beds to keep them from packing down.

Types of Feed - chicken laying mash, cottonseed meal, ground corncobs, (shuck and all), rabbit, horse, and cow
manure, citrus pulp, peanut meal.  ANY fully composted material that is FREE of pesticides.  Do not feed dairy,
meat, fish, or greasy foods.

[NOTE: Many worm growers feed their worms dairy, meat, fish, dead animals, etc by covering
deep enough to eliminate odors that attract flies and rodents. Also vermicomposting (worm
composting) is used for pit style composting toilets and for processing humanure.]

                        TECHNIQUE 4:


Another method I have used for years is an outdoor shallow dirt pit for desert hot summer climates (like Deming,
NM), with 2 or more feet of layered donkey manure, soil, uneaten hay, old newspaper, cardboard (wetted down in
a wheel barrow), coffee grounds, filters, cotton rags, etc. I don’t test the pH, but I sprinkle the bed occasionally
with ground limestone and Diatomaceous Earth (fossil shell flour).  When the mounded pit begins to sink I pile
more bedding on top. In hot dry weather I water the bed twice a week. In 100 + degree weather I sprinkle the beds
daily. In cooler winter desert weather I’ll water once a week or every other week. In snowy, cold weather I don’t
water at all.

To harvest the castings I apply fresh bedding and feed next to the castings area I want to remove. By watering the
fresh bedding and letting the old castings area dry out the worms migrate to the fresh bedding and feed.

In Magdalena, NM (6,800 ft) about 2,400 feet higher elevation than Deming, I used old hay bales lined up, end to
end, to make rectangular worm bins. Inside these hay boxes I added the layers of soil and compost and watered
regularly. In extreme weather I covered the hay bin with layers of cardboard and loose hay. When it is too cold
the worms go to the warm manure, when it is too hot they move deep into the cool soil. It is very hard to over-
water in the dry desert regions, as the sandy soil underlying the open pit beds drain rapidly.

I have never bought any feed, moss, or soil for raising red worms. My first worm beds were under piles of leaves
and donkey manure in coastal Washington state. Keep them moist and keep them fed and they will multiply!

                      MOST ASKED QUESTION

The question I am asked most is about mold growing on the household waste or manure in worm bins or pits. If
you live in a damp coastal type region or you have a contained system, usually of plastic, you will have mold. Most
molds that I had while growing worms in the Pacific Northwest or in plastic bins did not effect worm vitality or
growth.  Mold growth in outdoor open pits with good drainage is of no concern. In plastic self-contained worm bins,
lack of drainage or ventilation can cause souring of the bedding and feed. Smelly, mud type consistency of bedding
material is not good for worms. The remedy is to aerate the material by stirring it up, sprinkle and mix in ground
limestone, mix in shredded paper to absorb access water, and don't feed the worms for about a week. Then begin
top-feeding and moistening the top few inches of bedding only.

If you have any concerns or problems with your worms you are welcome to email me about them.


For Cheap & Easy Worm Bin Plans Click Here

The above info was compiled and edited by Laura Leveque aka Worm Queen.   

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Since 1962 Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (fossil shell flour) was used in grain storage and other food
products as an anti-caking agent. As time went on grain storage managers noticed that the treated grain
was bug free. And the areas surrounding the fossil shell flour dust were fly free.

Further tests and analysis were done. Results were the microscopic particles in Diatomaceous Earth
scratch the carapace of insects such as roaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, scorpions, crickets, fleas,
ticks, lice, etc, resulting in dehydration and death. An example is a fly will walk over the fine powder
and get it on its tarsal pads, then rub the irritant behind its head and between thoracic segments and die.

More experiments and testing was done and additional positive side effects were noted. Fossil Shell
Flour has over 14 minerals such as: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus,
Manganese, Chromium, Cobalt . . . . When added to livestock and poultry feed rations productivity
increased, parasites eliminated, diseases and veterinary costs dropped, cured E-Coli, and scours.

Food grade fossil shell flour contains fine silica that carries a negative ion charge. Parasites and disease
organisms carry a positive ion charge. The introduction of negative charged ions in a diseased or
parasitic animal is irritating and disruptive to the life cycle of the parasite or disease organism.

This Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth product is listed in the OMRI, Organic Materials Review Institute,
for use by Certified Organic Farmers.  

NOTE: This natural food grade Diatomaceous Earth is not to be confused with the swimming pool grade
Diatomaceous Earth, which is chemically treated and partially melted and consequently contains
crystalline silica which can be a respiratory hazard. Natural Diatomaceous Earth is not a respiratory
hazard because human and animal bodies can dissolve it.  

I personally have used Diatomaceous Earth products for over 10 years, and have eliminated all chemical
insecticides and wormers. I take 2 tablespoons in my juice or cereal daily. Many users claim their
arthritis was cured by taking Diatomaceous Earth. When my 26 year old donkey developed arthritis in
his shoulder I supplemented his diet with 6-8 tablespoons of Fossil Flour per day, after two weeks he
stopped limping. I can't make any scientific claims, but it is a regular part of my diet and my cats, dogs,
donkeys, and turtle.

Diatomaceous Earth is instantly water soluble and can be sprayed where needed.
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