Wax Worms

Wax worms

Please note; at the time of dispatch, wax worms have reached the stage where they no longer need to be fed. But the longer they are kept, the smaller they will become. This is because the wax worms are surviving on their stored body fat.

Wax Worms as Fishing Bait

Wax worms are recognised as being the leading grub-bait across the world and are particularly favoured for trout fishing.  Wax worms are not restricted to trout fishing; they indeed attract many species of fish such as Chub, Carp, and even Catfish.

In the United States and Mainland Europe, wax worms are used extensively by both professional and amateur anglers alike. Many accomplished anglers have had the advantage in competitive matches by using top quality wax worms. Some even claim to have caught “The one everybody else claims got away."

However, wax worms' renowned use as a successful grub-bait around the world has not, as yet, acquired the same reputation, received as much publicity or indeed equalled the prodigious success in the United Kingdom as it has in foreign waters. We are confident however, that the quality of our wax worms is what is needed to bring the same success for our anglers here in the UK as they have for anglers around the world.

tips for fishing using Wax Worms FOR bait

Wax worms are very effective when hooked with three or four together using a float.  Hooking two wax worms with a maggot has also been proven to be particularly effective. If a bronze coloured hook is used, it can give the wax worm grub a more natural appearance as it moves in the water and more appealing for the fish. If you would like to see images of wax worms on the hook, we would happily provide them with your order if you request them in the message box when placing your order.


Nutritional Value of Wax Worms

  • Moisture | 62%

  • Protein | 16%

  • Fat | 20%

  • Ash | 1%

  • Other | 1%

Wax worms are soft-skinned, making them easy to digest. They are sweet and sugary making them very tasty and addictive for terrarium pets, such as lizards, dragons, and geckos. Although wax worms are highly nutritious, they should not be used as a staple food but instead, used as an occasional treat because of their high fat content.
There are occasions when more wax worms should be fed to boost energy or stimulate weight gain. If your pet is malnourished after being off its staple diet or is pregnant and requires an extra boost, wax worms with their sweet taste and high calorific value, will soon kick-start the process.

Wax Worms for Aviary and Wild Birds

Wax worms have been a favourite food source amongst bird keepers for many years. Their colour and soft skin make them extremely appealing to insectivorous birds. Wax worms are an excellent year-round food source for birds, but in particular, they are a favourite choice during the breeding season. This is because wax worms have soft skin that makes them easily digestible and their excellent nutritional value gives the insatiable chicks the goodness they need to give them the strength to develop and grow.  

Not only are wax worms an excellent choice amongst bird keepers, they are rapidly becoming a favourite amongst British bird lovers. Wax worms attract wild birds to their gardens especially during the breeding season. But, wax worms can also play an important role for our non-migratory species during the bleak winter months when food sources are extremely scarce and the ground is frozen solid.

Because wax worms have high moisture content and are rich in protein and fat, they can play a vital role in the survival of our nation’s dwindling bird population, providing them with the valuable nutrition they need to see them through the winter months.

Wax Worm Care

Wax worms should be stored in the well-ventilated container they arrive in. If there is any condensation build up on the inside of the container obtained during shipping; wipe this away as this can reduce the shelf life of the wax worms.

Although great care is taken when we pack our wax worms, it is inevitable that mortality can occur during the packing and shipping process. If this is the case, please remove any black wax worms from the container to reduce the rest of the live wax worms being affected.

Wax worms are best stored (in low humidity) at temperatures between 55°F and 65°F. Please do not freeze them. When wax worms are cold they can appear lifeless. Warm them up gradually and they will regain their normal texture and vitality. If the wax worms are kept in conditions that are too warm, they will pupate and turn into moths. In addition, please avoid direct contact with sunlight.