Waxworms are soft, creamy white grubs about one inch long. As pet food, they make excellent treats for all types of lizards, frogs, turtles, snakes, fish, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, birds, and more! Waxworms are so tasty, many pets find them irresistible even when they are sick and refusing other foods. The worms are best kept at room temperature for about 3 weeks, then they can be placed in the refrigerator to maximize life. Waxworms do not require food or moisture as they no longer eat as full size larva. Removing any dead worms on a regular basis and keeping the bedding dry can further extend shelf life.
Waxworms are also excellent fishing bait for panfish and trout. They are effective not only for ice fishing but summer panfishing as well. The light cream color quickly catches the attention of hungry bluegill and perch, and the juicy grubs disperse scent into the water when hooked.