Allentown, Pennsylvania

Will & Pat Varner

Will & Pat Varner

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

4251 Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Phone: (610) 366-1725
Fax: (610) 351-9169
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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Mealworms are a treat!

 

What are mealworms?

 

Mealworms are the larvae of the beetle Tenebrio molitor.  This larvae stage typically lasts for 10 weeks. 

 

Why feed worms to the birds?

 

       Because so many birds eat insects naturally, feeding mealworms to the birds seems like a natural thing to do.  Birds such as chickadees, wrens, and woodpeckers will eat mealworms if they are placed in a feeder accessible to the birds.  Because mealworms can crawl, it is best to place them in a feeder where they cannot crawl out.

      

Bluebird feeders work well for feeding meal worms to smaller birds.  Any feeder that has smooth sides can be used as a mealworm feeder.  A simple tray or platform can also be used, but it is possible that the worms will crawl out.  Placing the worms in a shallow bowl in the middle of the tray may help.  Birds typically look for food around the same time each day, so worms can be placed in a tray daily around the same time. 

Storing Mealworms

 

       Mealworms can be kept for weeks at 40 - 50 degrees F.  For longer storage they should be placed in bran flakes, wheat bran, or corn meal in a container having air holes.  A potato or apple slice should be kept in the container for the worms to use as a moisture source.  If mealworms are kept for a period longer than a few weeks, it is a good idea to feed them.  Take them out of the refrigerator for 24 hours and allow them to feed on a potato, banana, or carrot.

       You can get a lot of enjoyment from watching birds eat mealworms, and the mealworms are quite a treat for the birds!