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All sizes of mealworms can be stored for several weeks if not months in refrigeration. If you get them pre-packaged in a plastic cup, just simply put them in the refrigerator. If you buy them bulk and they come in a mesh bag, first remove the bag from the box and let them sit and come to room temperature. Then place them in the frig for a few hours. This will slow them down and they will not be as hard to get out of the newspaper as they would if they were warm and active. Transfer them to a shallow, smooth sided tray or tub. If the sides of your container are smooth enough a lid should not be necessary. If a lid is used it should be well ventilated or your mealworms will become damp and die in a short time. Add a little bran, or crushed Wheaties, Cheerios, Corn Flakes, or oatmeal/cornmeal and you are ready to go. Remove your mealworms form the frig once every 7 to 10 days, let them warm up to room temperature, then feed them a carrot for a few hours. This is how they get their drink of water and will stay fresh and plump.

  • Keep dry and well ventilated.
  • NOT TOO DEEP! - Maximum depth of worms and bran no more than 1" to 1 1/2".
  • KEEP COOL! Ideally mealworms should be stored at 45 degrees, so store them somewhere cool.
Waxworms store ideally at 50-60 degrees, so keep them cool. They should live for 2-3 weeks in the shipping container. Check every 2-3 days and remove any dead as these may spoil the remaining stock.

If you're a little shy about handling the live mealworms, give these two tasty morsels a try. High in fat and protein, these treats are great for the birds al year round, especially in the winter. Both roasted items should be stored in a cool dry place at room temperature.



Feeding live mealworms (Tenebrio monitor), as a special treat to attract Bluebirds, songbirds, and many other species of wild birds has become a very popular addition to seed feeders at bird feeding stations.

If you haven't used mealworms before, they are the larvae of a beetle with a high protein level. Because their diet consists of fresh cereal and vegetables, they are extremely palatable to birds and a safe food source.

Many birders believe the mealworms are used solely for attracting Bluebirds. This is definitely not the case as many other species enjoy these little treats. A few known species to feast on mealworms include: Robins, Bluebirds, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Finches, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Chickadees, and even Purple Martins. Mealworms can be offered from just about any feeder, and there are some feeders on the market especially made for feeding mealworms. Most birds will eat them right from a dish on the ground. Woodpeckers, however, are more temperamental and to attract them to mealworms will require a feeding place of their own. We now provide the best Woodpecker feeders available, check them out on this site. Many non-seed-eating songbirds are declining in number because of the loss of breeding habitats and lack of food. Making food readily available is vital to ensure their survival. Bluebirds are an excellent example of how a species has been re-established in areas from which they had disappeared. Enthusiasts have been quite successful in attracting Bluebirds to nest box trails, as well as backyards, by feeding our mealworms. We have available Bluebird nest boxes and feeders on this site. Check them out and order today!