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About Obie's Worms

What are Obie's Worms?

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Obie’s Worms are black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illuciens) that provide insectivore owners with a highly nutritious and healthy pet food. Obie’s Worms are sustainably produced in Halifax, Nova Scotia and are available for shipping Canada-wide.

How are Obie’s different from Reptiworms™, Phoenix Worms® and Calciworms®?

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All of these trademarked products offer the same species of black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) — the difference in each of these products is how the fly larvae are produced and what they are fed. Obie’s Worms are an efficient source of protein, produced ethically and locally in Halifax, Nova Scotia, using safe, processed organic material as a feedstock.

How does Obie’s Worms grow sustainable feeder insects?

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Oberland Agriscience Inc. is a environmentally focussed company, aligning with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We strive to be a zero waste facility, sourcing local pre-consumer organic material as our feed stock.

For example, we use spent grains from local breweries as the feed to raise our BSFL. The result is an environmentally consciously grown, highly nutritious staple for your insectivore pets.

How is Obie’s Worms committed to saving the planet?

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Planet Earth is facing a critical protein shortage. At Oberland Agriscience Inc. we found ourselves looking for an opportunity to produce high quality protein at a lower impact to the world. Protein from our BSFL has applications in pet food, poultry feed, and aquaculture feed - markets which can benefit from a sustainable alternate protein, produced using less water, less land, and turning out lower carbon emissions that convential protein sources.

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

What are black soldier fly larvae?

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The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is a common subtropical fly of the Stratiomyidae family. Adult flies are up to 18–20 mm in length.  The larvae (black soldier fly larvae or BSFL) are an excellent supplement for animal feeds; as feeders for owners of insectivores; or as compost boosting grubs. BSFL are high in protein (~50% dry weight) and contain high levels of calcium, making them beneficial to reptiles in particular.

The true power of this insect lies in the ability of the larvae to consume almost any kind of organic material — making them a great ally in confronting both the global food waste crisis and the world’s looming protein shortage.

How do I care for and store my live insect feeders?

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You can store Obie’s Worms at room temperature for up to two weeks with care to keep them moist and fed. To extend their shelf life, keep Obie’s Worms slightly cool (10–12 ºC / 50–53ºF) and moisten frequently. DO NOT store your worms in the freezer or refrigerator.

Obie’s Worms wiggle but as long as you keep the permeable lid sealed, you won’t have any escapees! Motionless larvae may just need a warm water rinse or a little warming up - place them in your hand or under a heat source like a warm light bulb and you should see them spring back into action.

For more information about keeping your Obie’s Worms active, click here.

What are the larvae packed in?

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Obie's BSFL come packed in a moist coconut coir.

Will Obie’s Worms be smelly?

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Obie’s Worms may have an earthy smell at first from being cooped up in their container for shipping, but with our ventilated covers, the smell will dissipate from the container.

BSFL can omit a smell of ammonia. This is a by-product of the BSFL processing the protein in their system. When you open the container of Obie's Worms you may smell ammonia which is due to them processing remnants of feed during shipment. Make sure your larvae and their bedding are dry, and the smell will dissipate.

  

Some of my larvae are different colours, should I be worried?

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No, there is a natural variation in colour from light tan through to dark brown. Larger dark brown or black larvae may move more slowly as they’re transforming into their pre-pupae stage. These darker worms eventually turn into pupae and emerge as adult flies. BSFL are edible by your insectivore at all stages in their life cycle.

However, if your pet is not interested in BSF, don't worry. They are a non-invasive species with a two to three day lifespan once they have turned to flies.

BSFL Nutrition

What is Obie’s Worms nutritional reptile food profile?

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Our live black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are naturally high in calcium at >3000 ppm, with a calcium to phosphorus (Ca:P) ratio of 1.25:, making them an ideal food source for insectivores. Obie's BSFL are also 50% protein (dry weight) and contain the essential nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids your insectivore requires.

Our 100% BSFL dried products - Obie’s Boost, NIbbles, and Crunch - are excellent toppers to your insectivore’s feed, providing a nutrient, calcium, and protein boost to any meal.

Why does my pet need Obie’s Worms?

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Our insectivore friends need calcium for bone health, just like humans and other mammals. Insectivores typically have a high dietary calcium requirement, meaning supplements and calcium dusting are often needed when feeding other insects to keep your pet from suffering calcium deficiency. At >3000 ppm calcium, Obie’s Worms provides all the staple calcium your pet needs from their food. 

It is also important that the calcium boost comes with phosphorus for proper absorption. With a Ca:P ratio of 1.25:1, Obie’s Worms is a healthy source of absorbable calcium.

Can I feed my pet Obie’s Worms as a staple feeder insect?

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Yes! Obie’s Worms are great for all small and large insectivores, whether they are reptiles, amphibians, birds or mammals. Lizards, frogs, spiders, and hedgehogs thrive on Obie’s Worms as a staple food or as a daily treat.

BSFL Feeding Guidelines

Do I need to gut-load or dust my Obie’s Worms?

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No. Obie’s Worms are naturally calcium rich, nutrient rich and packed with protein. They’re a perfect, naturally-balanced staple for your pet and do not need to be gut loaded.

BSFL are the only live feeder larvae with such an excellent calcium to phosphorus ratio.

How many larvae do I feed my insectivore?

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Feeding guidelines vary depending  on the type and age of your  insectivore. Examples of recommended feeding guidelines are below. Tailor them to your individual pet’s appetite and size.

Bearded Dragon
A healthy adult bearded dragon may eat around 10 worms per day. 20 worms every other day is also a great way to feed them Obie’s Worms.

Hedgehog
Your hedgehog will enjoy the hunt and can have five to six Obie’s Worms per day.

Crested Gecko
Size your Obie’s Worms to the width of your crestie’s head (small larvae when they are young, medium when adult). Feed three to four worms every three days.

Leopard Gecko
Adult leopard geckos may eat up to six larvae every second day, though appetites vary greatly depending on how they were introduced to live feeders.

Generally, a good rule of thumb is to feed a larve no larger than the distance between your lizard's eyes.

How do I feed my pet Obie’s Worms?

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Rinse the Obie’s Worms in warm water and place them in a feeder bowl or let them loose in your pet’s tank. They’re wiggly, and @fishthebeardie tells us they taste great! Their quick movement will stimulate the appetites of even the finickiest eaters. 

There is no need to gut load your Obie’s Worms or dust them with calcium, they are nutritionally complete on their own.

How do I choose a larvae size?

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Obie’s Worms come in three convenient sizes. 

The small larvae, weighing 50 mg on average, are best for hatchlings, small frogs, spiders, and other small species.

The medium larvae, weighing approximately 100 mg each, are ideal for newts, medium frogs and toads, adolescent lizards, small chameleons, leopard geckos, crested geckos, axolotls, and young hedgehogs. 

Obie's large larvae, weighing over 175 mg each, are suited to bearded, frilled, and water dragons, skinks, large chameleons, any larger lizard species, and adult hedgehogs.

Will my pet eat these?

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Some insectivores are finicky eaters. Most will swallow their prey whole and tend to ignore anything that doesn’t move. At room temperature, Obie’s Worms are the perfect wiggly staple to catch your pet’s attention.

Obie’s Worms are great for lizards, frogs, spiders, and hedgehogs. If you or your pet are unsatisfied with your purchase, please let us know. We want your pet to be satisfied, and we appreciate your feedback.

Obie's Dried Ground BSFL

Are there any additives in your dried ground BSFL?

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None. Our dried ground BSFL products are made from 100% dried black soldier fly larvae. Obie's dried products are another variation to provide the protein, calcium and phosphorus in your pet’s diet.

What are the differences between Boost, Nibbles, & Crunch?

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These treats all contain the same ingredient - 100% dried, ground BSFL. The difference is the way we grind them up.

Crunch: A coarse grind that’s perfect for adding to your pet’s food or a snack on it’s own.

Nibbles: A medium grind that is superb on top of your pet’s food for added nutrition, or for large aquarium fish.

Boost: Our most fine ground, ideally suited to dusting greens or tyour pet's favourite treat food.

How much should I add to my insectivore’s main food?

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This depends on the nutrient profile of your main food. Obie’s Worms, and the dried versions - Boost, Nibbles, and Crunch - are nutritionally complete. If your main food is also nutritionally complete, swap out equal volumes of feed for the dried alternative, enusring the overall amount consumed stays the same.

Can I use dried ground BSFL as fish food?

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Yes! Fish love dried BSFL! Simply add Obie's Nibbles, or Boost for smaller fish, to your aquarium as you would any other fish food.

Shipping & Returns

I have a question before I order, who do I contact?

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If you have ant questions before you order, please feel free to send us an email and someone on our team will help you out.

My coupon code doesn’t work. What should I do?

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Having problems with your coupon/promo code? Check whether any of these apply to you:

Have you already used the code? Some of our coupon & promo codes are only valid for one use per customer.

Are the items in your cart eligible? Sometimes we offer coupon codes that only apply to specific items in our store. Please make sure you are ordering the correct products for the coupon code.

Has the code has been entered incorrectly? Make sure you have entered the coupon code exactly as it is written on our website, social media platform, or in an email you received.

Has the code has expired? Most of our coupon codes only run for a limited time. Please check to make sure the code is still valid when you use it.

If you are still encountering difficulty with your coupon code, please email us and we will look into it for you. It’s helpful if you attach a screenshot of your shopping cart showing the promo code and all items in your cart.

Please note: You can only use one coupon/promo code per transaction.

Do you offer a subscription for Obie’s Worms?

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Yes we do! Simply register for an Obie's account, and you can choose between a subscription or one-time order when submitting your order.

Can I change my order after it’s been placed?

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Unfortunately, we cannot make changes to your order after it has been placed.

Where do you ship your products?

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We currently ship Obie’s Worms products within Canada only. 

What shipping carriers do you use?

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We offer Canada Post Xpresspost or Expedited, as well as FedEx Overnight or 2 Day shipping as our primary shipping options.

You can choose the carrier that best suits your order at checkout.

How much is shipping?

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All shipping rates are calculated at checkout. We ship via Canada Post and FedEx from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

When will my order ship?

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We fulfill and ship orders Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week to ensure your Obie’s Worms arrive alive and fresh.

We do not ship orders on Thursdays or Fridays to avoid packages getting delayed over the weekend. We want your BSFL to arrive to you as fresh as possible.

What is your Shipping Policy?

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We guarantee live delivery of our products and we always ship a little extra! You will receive a tracking number when we ship your order so you can keep an eye on your delivery. 

What if there is a shipping delay?

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Obie’s Worms can survive up to two to three weeks at room temperature, and longer in cooler temperatures. Shipping delays should not present a problem, but they are largely out of our control.

Can I change or cancel my order after it has been shipped?

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No, unfortunately we cannot make any changes or cancel orders after they have shipped. 

Are Obie’s Worms available locally?

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We offer a free pick-up option at our Oberland Agriscience location in Halifax (10 Ragged Lake Blvd, Unit 9). Select the free pick-up option at checkout and we will get your order ready as soon as possible. Please wait for a confirmation that your order is ready for pickup before arriving. Orders will be in the fridge inside our main entrance.

Obie’s Worms are also available at the following pet stores in the Halifax area:

- PetValu Lower Sackville

- PetValu Elmsdale

- PetValu Cole Harbour

- Pet Valu Spryfield

See our store locator for more stores carrying Obie's throughout Canada.

How will you keep the live larvae warm when shipping during winter months?

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We do our best to ensure Obie’s Worms arrive safely to you. We will add extra insulation and a heat pack to your order (free of charge) during colder months. However, we cannot guarantee your order will not freeze during transit.

Obie's Rewards

How do I join?

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You will automatically be signed up for our rewards program when you create an account on our store. 

If you were a member or our previous loyalty program, your points and available rewards have been automatically switched over so you don’t have to do anything.

How do I earn points?

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You will automatically earn 10 Obie’s Rewards Points for every $1 you spend (before taxes & shipping). 

How do I view my point balance?

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To view your points, just click on the Obie’s Rewards icon at the bottom right of your screen while you’re on our website. If you’re already logged into your account, your points balance will show up automatically. If not, just click the “Log In” button.

Is there a limit to how many points I can earn?

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Nope! Earn as many points as you like! You don’t need to redeem points as rewards are available, you can hold onto your points to earn larger rewards. Remember, our highest reward amount is $50 off per transaction and you cannot use more than one reward code per transaction.

What rewards do I get with my points?

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500 Points = $5 off

1000 Points = $10 off

2500 Points = $25 off

5000 Points = $50 off

Why are my points not showing up on my account?

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You must be logged into your account when you place your order for your points to be applied.

Reward points are not applied to your account until your order has been shipped. It may take up to 24 hours after your shipping notification has been sent for you to see points on your account.

Still not seeing your points? Send us an email.

Do reward points expire?

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You don’t have to worry about your Obie’s Rewards Points expiring. You can redeem as you earn, or bank your points for larger rewards.

What if I’m having problems with my rewards account?

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If you have any issues or questions regarding your Obie’s Rewards account, email us and we’ll look into it for you.

How do I redeem points?

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Log into your account and you’ll see what rewards are available. Simply use your reward code at checkout to save on your next order.

Can I use more than one reward per order?

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No, you can only use one coupon code per transaction. If you have multiple reward codes, or other coupon codes, you will have to choose which one to use, or submit multiple orders.

Remember, your reward coupons don’t expire, but some of our sale and promo codes do!

I can’t find my rewards code, or my code isn’t working, what do I do?

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Contact us and we’ll help you.

How do I refer a friend?

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Referral codes are available through your Obie’s Rewards account. Click the "Obie’s Rewards" button at the bottom right of your screen to retrieve your unique referral link. Share your referral code with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter.

For every friend you refer to Obie’s Worms, we will give you a coupon code for $10 off a future order (after they have placed their first order).

What does my friend get when I refer them to Obie’s Worms?

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Your friend will get 20% off their first order when they use your referral link.

Why haven’t I received my reward for referring my friend?

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You will receive your reward after your friend completes their first order. Make sure they use your referral link when they place their first order so we know to send you the reward.

Wholesale Orders

Do you sell Obie's Worms wholesale for pet stores?

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We currently offer all our products for wholesale. If you are interested in carrying our products in your store, please contact us for a current price list and samples.

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