Swell Live Mealworms Pre-Pack
Great live Mealworms for most reptiles and invertebrates
What is a Swell Live Mealworms Pre-Pack?
Swell Live Mealworms Pre-Pack are bundles of live Mealworms that have been specifically bred for garden birds, reptiles and amphibians. Live Mealworms are a delicious meal, full of essential fats and proteins to enrich the diet of your reptile pets and wild birds.
The Mealworms themselves are vegetarian, which means they are less likely to carry diseases than offal-fed larvae such as maggots. Live Mealworms are a clean, odourless and inexpensive food, often costing little more than dried mealworms or other bird food and reptile food.
Are Mealworms a good reptile feed?
Yes, Mealworms are rich in protein and present little risk to reptiles during feeding. The worms can be easily dusted with calcium for added nutrition and to help combat metabolic bone disease. As they are easy to keep, many reptile-owners like to use them as a staple livefood while giving other foods as treats such as Waxworms. The worms are popular with most species, including Bearded dragons, and are rarely left uneaten.
Do Mealworms make good bird food?
Both live and dried Mealworms make a great bird food for insect-eating garden birds and domestic birds. Insectivorous birds love Mealworms as they are a protein-rich food that is easy to catch and carry. Unlike other larvae, Mealworms are less fatty, so they also make a good feed for pet birds like House sparrows and other birds.
Live Mealworms are more appealing to wild birds as their movements are attractive, unlike dried Mealworms which look like dead worms and are off-putting to garden birds. We recommend putting out live Mealworms and rolled oats in your bird feeders during the Winter months and the Spring breeding season to support smaller birds and parent birds.
How long will live Mealworms last?
Once your live Mealworms arrive they are likely to last a few weeks before turning into Darkling beetles. If you store live Mealworms under cold conditions you may be able to keep them from changing for a little while longer, so most feed Mealworms are kept in a garage or utility room with little heating.
The worms must be kept and cared for before feeding, so we recommend feeding Mealworms rolled oats and giving them a little water as well as keeping them in their own enclosure with some ventilation, such as a plastic tub.
What do live Mealworms turn into?
Live Mealworms turn into Darkling beetles (sometimes called a Mealworm beetle), a small harmless beetle that makes a poor feed. Darkling beetles are not harmful and can be used as food in a pinch, although many birds and reptiles may turn their noses up at them or find them too hard to chew.
Can you throw away live Mealworms?
We do not recommend throwing away live Mealworms. However, if you intend on disposing of your Mealworms we recommend freezing them first before disposal to ensure they don't cause any problems within the local environment. While many bird species will prey upon the live worms you can't be certain if they'll escape, breed and become a pest. This is why it's recommended to only put a small handful of the live worms for wild birds in your bird feeder at a time.
Livefood food is despatched directly from the supplier the same day if you order before 12pm and the next day if you order after 12pm. Livefood is delivered Monday to Thursday on a next working day delivery service. Livefood is not suitable for express delivery.
|Average Pack Weight
|Moisture - 68.0%, Fat - 8.5%, Calcium - 0.02%, Protein - 19.5%, Calcium/Phosphorus Ratio - 0.05%