Well, when I was a kid we used to use an old telephone crank generator
to bring them up but they are long gone. I have seen jumper cables
from a car battery also used to connect to rods pushed into the ground
(you need to water it or wait until it has rained, make sure the rods
are far enough apart). Something else you might be interested in is
"fiddling" worms. You pound a 1x whatever into the ground and then rub
across the top with another board. The worms apparently think it is
thunder and come up. Good luck
Yes, but it's extremely dangerous and so I'm not gonna get into exactly how
to go about it that way....besides, they all seem to die within a few hours
if you collect them using electricity.
IMO, better to just cut the lawn short and then go out after midnite with a
Walk *very* softly, and avoid shining the light directly onto them for any
longer than is *absolutely* necessary....they are quite sensitive to
vibration and also seem to be able to sense the light.....
Generally, you'll see em laying on the grass at about 4-6 feet away--you
gotta be real quick, and don't pull too hard or you'll end up with only 1/2
of a worm...but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy and actually
is kinda fun....oh, and watering the grass real good in the early evening
also seems to help.
Well, with the method I used, they were up and outa the ground within only a
couple minutes....Im guessing perhaps my field strength was just a bit too
much....Ohm's law and all....and so I didn't do a whole lot more
experimentation after that...
Still, I can't help but notice that you haven't given any specifics on the
actual method you claim to have used....suggest either put up or shut up....
That lie alone is enough to discredit any advice you may give. I used to
sell worms, from reddies to earth, and guess what method I used to get them
to be up where they were easy to pick without turning much soil? Other than
seined minnows, they're all we used to fish with; they were always as lively
when we put them back in the tubs as when we took 'em out, long's we cared
for the containers in between.
What you rationalize isn't necessarily reality.
Long ago, they used to "grunt" for worms. Back in the days when bread was a
penny a loaf, and it was two miles by foot to school. (uphill in both
A person would take two oaken barrel staves. One would be pounded into the
ground until solid. The other would be rasped over the one pounded in the
ground. The resultalt low frequency vibrations would cause the worms to get
nervous (or get a migraine, or whatever) and come up.
I have always wanted to try this, as it would be fun like starting a fire
with sticks. Not much use in today's world, but just a nostalgic visitation
to another time and place.
I had heard of this method when I was a kid. (I'm 56), so it goes back a
ways. And I heard it from more than one relative.
This is Turtle.
I've shocked worms out of the ground YEARS ago but found soaping them out is
much easier and no danger to do so.
1/4 cup of cheap cloths washing powder and mix it in a 10 gallion bucket of
water and then pour it on a area and every worm will come out of the ground with
in 3 to 5 minutes. This is a whole lot easier than shocking.
If you really want the diagram on making the worm shocker. e-mail me and I will
detail it for you because it has certain things that have to be don't or it will
Oof! Yes, we did. We rigged up a couple of probes to stick into the soil
on a 2x4, and wired them thru a double-pole switch. Stick the probes in,
turn on for a minute or so, go pick the worms. Not the safest thing in the
world, but no one was near it when it was turned on. Always meant to put a
timer on it, never did.
Best food we found? Used coffee grounds.
Sorry about the omission
you can mix up a mild solution of potassium permanganate and flush it on the
ground. Won't hurt anything and the worms will come to the surface.
PP is a softwater cleaning chemical you can find at a Culligan or Sears.
Actually I heard it from respected members of my family that are now
deceased. Would you like to make any further childish comments about them?
Why is it that people cannot understand or accept anything that does not
originate in their own small brains? I have never seen the Statue of
Liberty. But I believe it because others have seen it, and have told me
If you are so intelligent, so full of information, so knowledgeable about
everything in the world there is to know about, what in the world are you
doing wasting your valuable time here on usenet with us regular people?
Whoa, Steve, maybe it's time to switch to decaf for a bit, eh?
My smartass comments aside, looks like worm grunting ain't in the same class as
snipe hunting. There's even a worm grunting festival down in Florida every
year. Wouldn't have thought it...every time I walk across a yard with
nightcrawlers part way out of their holes, they pull in as soon as they feel the
vibrations from my footsteps. Thanks for the info!
Interesting; wouldn't you have to water first? How many gallons of that
mixture for how much area would you use? Is it cheap? Sounds a lot safer
than electricity, that's for sure.
Sorry this is soooooo damn late getting back to you.... I didn't realize
anyone had asked until I searched this damned NG for my name!
The stuff I have is in crystal form and it will stain your fingers/clothes
etc so you need to be careful! If I was to "rain on" 500 sq ft. I'd mix up
about 1 tsp of PP in a lawn fertilizer sprayer (like the ortho one that you
hookup to your garden hose) and spray the area for 20 minutes. The worms
will just come to the surface. Pick them up and put them into cool soil/
whatever for use whenever you want.
I use potassium permanganate to kill parasites in my fish pond. Anyone using
and storing it should be aware that it is a very strong oxidizing agent.
Care should be taken not to mix it with or store it near gasoline, acids,
fertilizers or anything containing glycerin or glycol and probably a bunch
of other chemicals. The chemical reaction can cause spontaneous combustion
or even an explosion.
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