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Live Gutloaded Mealworms

Live mealworms have been a staple in the pet industry as reptile feeders. They are also great for birds, fish, frogs and other insects. Mealworms have an amazing shelf life when refrigerated and can be a great value for your money. Our mealworms are organically grown and hormone free in optimum breeding conditions. We supply our mealworms with fresh fruits and veggies daily to ensure the proper moisture and our organic wheat bedding is calcium forted. Our live mealworms are the perfect feeder for you to keep on hand. There is no need for extra supplements to be dusted. Our mealworms carry all the nutrition you need inside them.

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Storing your feeders
Once you receive your live mealworms, place them in a plastic container with oatmeal or whole wheat germ. You can find organic wheat bedding in under feeder supplies section. Poke holes int he top of the container and place them in the refrigerator. Every week you will need to remove your mealworms from the refrigerator and let them warm up. Place a apple slice, potatoes slice or piece of carrot in the container with your mealworms to ensure they get proper hydration. Leave them out for a few hours to replenish themselves. When you have finished, place the container of mealworms back in the fridge. If you don't keep the mealwoms cool, they will pupate and turn into beetles. You can find more information on breeding mealworms in our breeding section.
Caring for Mealworms





Live mealworms are the eggs from a darkling beetle. Darkling beetles lie eggs that turn into mealwoms. The live mealworms pupate into beetles. Each beetle is capable or laying up to around 80 tiny eggs. Once the eggs turn into mealworms, they grow undergo a metamorphosis into beetles. This metamorphosis is called pupation. Once the new beetle has emerged, it will lay more eggs and the process continues. Live mealworms have a soft shell that allow them to be easily digest by everything from reptiles to humans.


You should house your live mealworms in plastic containers. Provide them with plenty of whole wheat germ and fresh fruit daily. Place the wheat germ in the container. Make sure there is plenty of bedding. The mealworms will eat the bedding to maintain there health. If your are growing a mealworm colony, place the container in a dry warm place. The more heat you have the faster the pupation  process and overall growth of your colony. If your live mealworms are being used for feeders or bait. Place them in your refrigerator to keep them alive for months. Cold temperatures stop the growth process and your mealworms become dormant. Let the mealworms return to room temperature for feeding and gut loading once per week.


Mealworms only need the bare essentials to maintain their health. They need food and water, and they need a dry place to live. Provide your live mealworms with plenty of bedding. The bedding should be a whole wheat germ and should be a few inches deep. You can add supplements tot he wheat germ like calcium or D3 to ensure they maintain plenty of those nutrients in the stomachs. Provide the daily with a few pieces of fresh fruits or vegetables. They retrieve the moisture from the fruits. You can place slice of bread in thei bin also. They will eat the bread and bread also help absorb and excess moisture. Remove the bread before it starts to mold, as with any other fruits or vegetables used for feeding.

Keep your mealworms at a minimum temperature of 70 degrees if breeding. Mealworms exposed to cold temperatures will go dormant and stop growing.. If you want them to breed, keep them warm. Day temperatures between 85 to 95 degrees are preferable. Moisture should be provided only in their foods. Any excess moisture will cause mold or mildew.

Mealworms is one of the easiest insects to breed. We have explained the life cycle in detail above. You should pay attention to sorting your colony. You will want to sort out the mealworms from the pupa and the pupae form the beetles. The beetles will feed on both the eggs and the pupae. A stackable 3 tier bin system is ideal for breeding mealworms. Place each stage of the life cycle in its own bins to ensure maximum results. You will see tiny mealwoms very quickly. Keep them warm and dry and your colony will produce plenty of live mealworms. We sell entire breeding colonies or you can purchase just the mealworms. Make sure the mealworm you use for your colony is hormone free. Large or extra large mealworms have been given hormone to keep them from pupating. Even if they do happen to pupate lie normal mealworms, they will be sterile and not breed at all.


Nutritional Value for Dubia Roaches
Dubia Roaches pack a nutritional punch when fed to your reptiles.
Live Dubia Roach Nutritional Values
Moisture Fat Protien Fiber Ash Calcium PPM Calcium % Potassium
56.95 40.46 56.95 7.69 2.92 283 .09 2320
Mealworm Shipping
Every order of our live mealworms comes packaged in an escape proof box with newspaper print. Each box is marked as perishable and as "Live Insects". Live mealworms should not be left tin your mailbox, mealworms overheat quickly. As soon as you receive them, move the mealworms to a plastic bin with bedding. If feeding to your pets, place them in the refrigerator to increase shelf life. If your mealworms are the start or addition to a colony, place them in your bins and let them pupate. It is normal for few mealworms to pupate during shipping.
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