How Are Worm Shockers Made?

An extension cord, electrical tape, wire nuts, and a metal rod are a few simple home items that can be used to make a reliable worm shocker. Despite the fact that utilising electricity to remove worms from the ground after a rain might be much easier than scooping soil, handmade electrical devices are dangerous and should not be handled by those who are unskilled or have cardiac problems.

gather the necessary supplies

Look for an extension cord. Purchase an extension cord from a nearby hardware store if one is not accessible. Additionally needed are electrical tape, a few wire nuts, and a thin metal rod. One use for a tent stake is as a metal rod.

Make the extension cord changes.

Use a knife to cut the extension cord’s female end off. Electrical devices are inserted into the cord’s female end. Next, remove around 6 inches of insulation from the black wire, which is regarded as “hot.” Use the wire nuts to cap the neutral and ground wires, and then use electrical tape to keep them in place.

the heated wire in a wrap

Around the metal stake, wrap the hot wire. To avoid a shock, the hot wire and stake must also be completely wrapped with electrical tape. Overuse of tape is preferable to taking a chance on an electrical shock. At least 3 inches of the gadget should be completely covered with electrical tape.

Use the worm shocker you constructed.

Put the stake into the ground. Insert the plug slowly. The system is operating properly if the stake vibrates. Earthworms start to surface after a short while and can be gathered.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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