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Re: white worms
> Hi all,
> I promised to send someone in South Africa a starter white worm culture, but
> its summer down here and they don't survive the heat, have mailed myself 2
> packages one from Brisbane and one from Darwin and both have been a smelly
> mess by the time I received them and I received both of these 3 days after I
> handed them over to the road train drivers.
> Any ideas how I could successfully send them besides waiting to Autumn. Do
> they lay eggs if so could I just send some substrate through the post add
> water and food instant worms, sounds to easy.
'Tis. They don't lay dormant eggs, AFAIK, so that won't work. Do exactly
what most of us in temperate climates do. Get a thick medical shipper
(styrofoam) inside a fitted cardboard box. Line with a plastic garbage bag.
Add a cooling device.
In the US, the trade name is "Blue-Ice" but you must have some similar
sealed gel product for keeping food cool without soaking the bread. Freeze
and include one or two of those, under an inch of flat newspaper, in the
bottom. Tape the styro tight.
The shippers are usually free at major hospitals. Check with hematology and
oncology departments. I have gotten excellent ones with 2-3" wall in both
places. Your vet gets vaccines in only slightly thinner ones, so check there
if a long way from a big hospital. All seem delighted to recycle them.
With good insulation and the "Blue-Ice" you should be able to send them
anywhere that takes only a few days to a week. Using dry ice, I have sent
even frozen brine shrimp to utterly outrageous hot foreign countries, like
New Mexico, with no thawing to speak of. The key is a good insulated box.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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