Environmental Concerns Surrounding Alabama Jumpers
According to the National Park Service, if the Alabama Jumper population isn’t moderated, they can damage our environment. The claim researchers make is that Alabama Jumpers disrupt the food chain in the animal kingdom by feeding on invertebrates that are the sole food source of other organisms. This means that Alabama Jumpers halt the natural cycle of life at the most crucial level.
However, it’s always a point of conflict if introducing a new worm species to a new habitat impacts its surrounding ecosystem to the point of endangering it.
Although most studies show that composting worms have no effect on their habitat or environment, the scrutiny around Alabama Jumpers is quite severe, making it an intense point of debate.
Having said that, we steer clear from taking sides and don’t we look to influence your decision in any way or form. You can study the research and reports and make of the matter what you want.
You can find more details over the Alabama Jumpers controversy here: Different Earthworms
Interesting Facts About Alabama Jumpers:
There are several reasons why you should consider Alabama Jumpers for your worm farm.
For starters, as opposed to the best composting worms on the market, Alabama Jumpers prefer soil over bedding material. They can survive in any type of soil, be it sandy soil or even clay! This is because they choose to burrow deep in the soil, which isn’t possible in shallow beddings and bins. However, they can still be used for vermicomposting, because they feed on surface decomposing vegetative organic matter like other composting worms. So you can say it’s their taste palette that makes them eligible for composting and be raised in worm farms for fishing baits and worm casting machines.
Another truly remarkable trait of Alabama Jumpers is their strength and ability to worm their way through even the most condensed form of clay and soil. This makes them the ideal choice for farmers and gardeners who are mesmerized by their ability to aerate, ventilate and improve the soil they’re working with.
However, since Alabama Jumpers are more susceptible to climate changes and have more specific living condition regulations, it’s advised that farmers—who are looking to use large worms for vermicomposting—should consider buying natural composters, such as Red Wigglers (compost worm) and European Nightcrawler -Super Reds.
But if you’re still interested in Alabama Jumpers, here are some considerations you’ll have to make before you get your hands dirty:
Although Alabama Jumpers dwell in colonies, they also have a knack for burrowing into deeper and private tunnels. They come to the surface to feed on decomposing matter and return to their solitude immediately after. Their growth and reproduction have to be monitored because they don’t breed as fast if let loose in the wild.
In addition, since Alabama Jumpers are used as fishing bait, it’s important to raise them in spacious bins that can encourage growth, making them nice and plump!
If you’ve set your eyes on Alabama Jumpers for your worm farm, we suggest you buy deep bins and containers to accommodate their digging deep habits. The best bins have about 1.5 ft of bedding material that’s made of black peat moss and shredded paper covered with an inch of decomposing matter, like vegetable waste and decaying leaves.
If you’re breeding Alabama Jumpers to fertilize your garden soil, make sure you set them loose in clumps of at least 100, so they remain in close proximity; this will facilitate breeding.
It’s up to you if you want to bury them right beneath decomposing vegetative organic matter or scattering them on the surface because if you’re breeding them in bins they’ll find each other nonetheless!