At Livefoods Direct Ltd we are always striving to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality product to our customers. To do this we ensure that all food products we buy in for our insect breeding is of the highest quality, making our insects nutritious and healthy for your pets and wild birds. We do this to make sure you have confidence in our products and giving you peace of mind that you are only feeding the best to your cherished pets and garden friends.
Our stringent quality checks on the food we buy in for our mealworms has highlighted a reoccurrence of a pest moth in the dry foods we use for our worms. This falls below the high standards we set for our production and ultimately the worms that we produce. This moth is prevalent in all grain based foods, including cereal and flour. It used to be combated at source, before getting into the food supply chain, however changes in EU legislation regarding the use of pesticides and insecticides means it can no longer be controlled.
We are the only breeder of mealworms in the UK, with all other mealworms coming from Europe. Europe is also facing problems with this moth and have been restricting their sales of worm into the UK. This has put an additional strain on our colony with more and more people turning to us to supply them.
It takes nearly 16 weeks to grow the worms to the ‘regular’ size, which is the most sort after size. Add to this a 10 week breeding cycle, means that we cannot instantly react to this sudden high demand for our worms, whilst sourcing an alternative food.
To make sure that everyone has access to our high quality mealworms we have had to make the difficult decision to limit the amount of worms that we can sell. This is not a decision we made lightly, but we know how important it is that those that rely on our worms are still able to get them.
Mini Mealworms are carefully graded over mesh sieves to ensure a consistent size is always sold. They are actually part-grown Mealworms, ideal for feeding to small insectivorous aviary birds or wild birds. Especially suitable for nestlings.
Removed from their feed whilst still young and tender, Mini Mealworms are less than one third the size of Regular Mealworms. They were introduced in 1985 in response to demand by Aviculturists. Minis are ideal for most soft bills, insectivorous birds and Finches, especially Waxbills which become very insectivorous during their breeding season. Young nestlings devour Mini Mealworms in large quantities.
Mini Mealworms are a perfect substitute for Buffalo Worms- less costly and easier to store yet equally nutritious and attractive to birds.