Designing Your Mealworm Farm

As outlined below there are some important considerations in designing your mealworm farm. Each of these have a section dedicated to them, which you can access directly with the link below or in the index page.

1) Which Mealworm Species Do I Choose

This is perhaps the most important question you need to answer. Most people assume that they should breed the yellow mealworm, however it may not be suited to warm temperate or tropical environments (without climate control). Getting this right may be the difference between inconsistent and frustrating breeding problems or consistent and productive growth rates.

A hand full of giant and yellow mealworms over two blue mealworm trays

2)  What Type of System do I Choose ?

There are 2 main systems to choose from. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The Screen Breeding System has less maintenance however may have lower production rates (Better for hobbyist or small scale). The Filtering Breeding System has higher maintenance however will have higher production rates (better for medium to large Scale)

photo of mealworm pupa on six raised platforms. Hundreds of pupa will emerge as beetles and fall off the platforms into the meal below

3)  How Many Trays do I Need

The more separation of age groups you have, the lower the cannibalism and the higher the output. The number of trays you have needs to be balanced between maintenance and output.

photo of a commercial mealworm farm with hundreds of blue trays in shelving. The front rows are pulled out so you can see the mealworms.

4) How Many Mealworms can I Produce 

All of the above factors in conjunction with the environment you breed mealworms in (with or without climate control) will affect growth rates. In this section we discuss the different production rates you could expect given the setup and environment you choose.

Check out the section for each of the above and design the system right for you!!

close up photo of five blue trays side by side full of yellow mealworms with no substrate.