In the wintertime, I take my composting efforts indoors to pay attention to the worms. We had yet another uncharacteristically warm day here (if just one more person says “omg i love global warming lol”…ugh ), so I checked out the composter…full of worms!
It had just rained, and the inside was a bit damp…so my guess is that the earthworms were just looking for warm, moist ground and they found it in there. They also found a lot of stuff they probably weren’t used to, like a Sun Chips bag trying to degrade, and some paper packaging material that I lazily threw in without ripping it up, just for fun.
I seem to get a fair number of emails talking about worms in the composter…these worms are almost certainly just earthworms (sorry earthworms) and not red wigglers, or composting worms.
Another thing worth noting, is that red wigglers are not the best solution for adding to your compost tumbler. If your compost is in the early stages of degradation and is quite warm, this may harm the worms. They’re also kind of picky about airflow, and most likely won’t come in the tumbler to start with. Lastly, they don’t want their habitat being flipped upside down all the time, and if you’re using the tumbler how it should be used, wigglers won’t stick around for long.