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Properly stored nightcrawler worms can be kept alive for several weeks. Refrigeration or cool temperatures are required.

Step 1: Several commercially available Styrofoam containers and kits are available to store worms.

Step 2: This particular kit includes worm bedding.

Step 3: The worm bedding included is made from ground up newspaper.

Step 4: Distilled water is used to mix with the worm bedding. Do not use water with chlorine, it will kill the worms.

Step 5: Follow the directions on the worm bedding. A quart of water is added to the bedding. Then mix the water with the worm bedding.

Step 6: Mix the bedding and water with your hand. Do not let the bedding get too wet.

Step 7: Squeeze a handful of the worm bedding. If water drips, the bedding is too wet. Then more dry bedding should be added to absorb the excess water.

Step 8: Several dozen nightcrawlers are placed on top of the worm bedding. Do not stir or mix the worms into the bedding.

Step 9: Place damp paper towels on top of the worm bedding. Add the cover and set aside for a few hours.

Step 10: After a few hours, remove the paper towels and check for worms that have not crawled into the bedding. Any worm that did not crawl into the bedding should be removed.

Step 10: Replace the cover and store the container in a refrigerator or cool location.

Proper refrigerated storage is required to keep the nightcrawlers in top condition. Any damaged worms should be removed immediately and discarded.

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