How To Care For Silkworms?
What do you keep silkworms in and at what temperature?
Silkworms must be kept in a warm, dry environment. For optimal growth keep your silkworm's in range of 70-85F. Upon arrival, open any deli cups that contain silkworms. Dump the silkworms into the bottom of a plastic box, or one of our silkworm keepers. Our plastic silkworm keepers are reusable and easy to clean, with optional screen bottoms that are replaceable.
What do silkworms eat?
Silkworms only eat mulberry leaves of the preferred white mulberry (morus alba). Due to the season nature of these trees, and the gluttonous consumption of silkworms most will prefer to use silkworm chow to feed silkworms. There are no other viable food options that will keep silkworms alive and growing. Our silkworms are conditioned to eat our silkworm chow mix, you should avoid changing diets. If feeding leaves you keep feeding leafs, if feeding silkworm chow do not mix with mulberry leaves. Silkworms prefer the fresh mulberry leaves, and my go off eating the silkworm chow.
How do I do use the powdered silkworm food in my order?
If you ordered powdered mulberry food, prepare it upon arrival per the instructions on the bag. Silkworms will be given food to eat in transit, they will require feeding on delivery. If you ordered pre-made mulberry food, it's "ready-to-feed". If you‘re using fresh mulberry leaves be sure to wash them before feeding. With the mulberry food, grate a thin layer over the top of the silkworms; we prefer the silkworm food grater for feeding out the silkworm food. Silkworms will immediately crawl up and start to feed on the food. With fresh mulberry leaves cover the silkworms with two layers of leaves.
How much do I feed silkworms and how often?
Silkworms should be fed daily, if you want rapid growth feed twice a day this is especially the true with newly hatched silkworm eggs and feeding fresh mulberry leaves. If you're looking to slow growth down, feed once every other day. Silkworms consume large amounts of food, be prepared.
How to care for silkworms, clean and disease free?
It's important to wash your hands before handling silkworms and mulberry food. Once you remove a silkworm from the colony do not place them back into the colony. This practice will increase your chances of introducing bacteria to your silkworm colony. We recommend you discarding any uneaten silkworms that are left in your animal's cage, if any! Over cleaning also is not advised, and will lead to a higher die off from constant irritation. We recommend keeping handling silkworms down to a minimum decreasing your chances of mass die offs. For this reason we recommend you have a spare silkworm keeper to transfer the silkworms to when cleaning time comes. You should not clean out the silkworm keepers more then once a week. In general we have found it best to keep all handling of the silkworms to a minimum at the same time keeping things clean but not perfectly clean.
Do silkworms bite?
No, silkworms do not bite, if anything they will tickle and stick to your fingers. You do not need to worry, they can not harm you. Silkworm moths once hatched from cocoons also do not bite and do not fly.
Are silkworms poisons?
No, silkworms will not harm you - do not sting and are consumed by both humans and animals. Silkworms are not poisons to reptiles, and will not harm or kill your creatures.