How to Attract Nightcrawlers

How to Attract Nightcrawlers
Night crawlers are used by pet owners who feed them to reptiles and fishermen who use them as bait. Earthworms are found in Europe and North America. They are fairly easy to catch by using a few techniques to attract the worms.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Grass clippings
  • Decaying vegetables
  • Headlamp
  • Red cellophane
  • Tape
  • Can of sawdust
  • Bucket
Step 1
Pile old vegetables and grass clippings on your lawn. Nightcrawlers are natural decomposers, and are attracted to decaying organic matter.
Step 2
Wait for a few days for the veggies to start to decompose.
Step 3
Cover the lens of a headlamp with red cellophane. Nightcrawlers are light sensitive, and will crawl back into the ground if you disturb them with a bright light. The red cellophane will prevent the light from disturbing the worms.
Step 4
Go to the location with the decaying veggies after dark. Bring a can of sawdust and a bucket. Wait for a night when it is raining, because the rain will help attract nightcrawlers to the surface.
Step 5
Crouch on the ground near the decaying vegetables and coat your fingers in sawdust to make it easier to hold onto the night crawler. Grab a nightcrawler near the point where its body emerges from the soil and gently, but firmly pull it out. Put it in the bucket.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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