How to Find Earthworms

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Look for worms in dark, cool, moist areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand Shovels
  • Pails And Shovels
  • Understand that earthworms live in damp, dark places.

  • Turn over rocks, fallen logs and other dead vegetation and look underneath for worms.

  • Check in damp areas, particularly areas next to ponds, lakes and streams where the earth is very moist. You won't find many worms in dry areas.

  • Strip back the bark on the soil side of fallen logs and look for worms inside the bark.

  • Scoop out an area of moist soil from a cool, dark place, like under a tree. Sort through the soil carefully by hand to locate worms.

  • Wait for rain. Worms come to the surface when it rains. They must remain in a damp environment. Rain allows them to access the surface and look for mates more easily than if they were underground.

  • Attract worms with a compost area made of leftover food, newspapers, and dead leaves and vegetation. Place the items in a dark, moist area that touches the earth, and water it to get it started. Soon worms will be there in force.

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