Hornworm cup mold

jcal

Member
For some reason my hornworm cup started growing mold at the bottom where the mesh is stapled down. Are the worms still safe to feed?
 

reptimanny

New Member
I wouldnt believe so, for the most part my hornworms would die off due to the mold.(thats when i was a newb and i would grab them without gloves:D ) I would be better safe than sorry and just get some new worms
 

jasimmons86

New Member
I just orderd my first cup of horn worms, so i going to be a newb with the. What should i do to avoid mold and die off of horn worms, cause these guys arent cheap.
 

Texas Ranger

Avid Member
I dump the poop out of the cups at least twice a day. And if you keep them near heat they will grow faster and eat faster. But the food doesnt seem to mold if its in a warm area. But you will have to feed the worms off faster because they will grow alot faster this way. That is how I do it. But they finish the food before I finish them so I have to move them to a bigger container and start feeding them.
 

jcal

Member
I just orderd my first cup of horn worms, so i going to be a newb with the. What should i do to avoid mold and die off of horn worms, cause these guys arent cheap.
i usually dont have a problem. its my first time with mold and im sure it had to do with something other than my care. they are still growing, but i think i am going to cut the good chow out and place them in a new container. my guess is that the mold got introduced with the staple they used.
 

Marc10edora

Avid Member
Mold grows under the following conditions: Darkness + Humidity + Heat = Mold. During the warmer months, I dump out the hornworm poop. It also allows some of the Co2 build up and humidity to air out.

I never feed my chams hornworms that have mold. On a side note: Hornworm poop makes great fertilizer for your plants.
 
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