I've heard worms are invasive and bad for the forests! Is this true?

This is true of SOME worms. All worms in North America are non native, but not all are invasive! The Asian species, Amynthas hawayanus and the European Lumbricus terrestris (nightcrawler) are attacking the woodlands in the NorthEast and are considered invasive. These worms are often used as bait worms .

These worms change the very chemistry of the soil, because their gizzards emit calcium carbonate, which acts like lime on acid soil, making it more alkaline. That may be nice for corn and sunflowers, but it is not good for azaleas and oaks, which thrive in acid soil. The worms are also breaking down organic matter so quickly that the nutrient overload is injuring plants and running off into streams and lakes. Invasive plant species, like stiltgrass and garlic mustard, which thrive on heavy nitrogen, then move in.

So if you're fishing DON'T DUMP YOUR WORMS!

RED WIGGLERS ARE NOT INVASIVE. Don't dump them out into the garden because they wont survive.. if you have excess give them to a friend, or contact us and we'll find them a good home!