I keep worms- worms eat my garbage! I live in the high desert and the weather outside this summer has been hot hot, hot! So, I cannot keep the worms outside, even in the shade, when the temperatures reach into the high 90's in deep shade. Wet burlap wrapped around the worm bin stayed wet for about 3 hours only- so that didn't work to keep them cool outside, either.
I have resigned myself to the fact that the worms will stay inside the house. The basement is a likely place to keep the wrigglers but I might forget about them, so they are in our fireplace area for the summer and fall season.
They have been sitting out on the hearth for a month or so and then, when we were going to have company for the weekend, I decided something had to be done to at least camouflage their presence. Luckily, the wood storage area of our fireplace is just large enough to hold the worm bin! Here are a few pictures of the new worm treatment. Visitors will never guess what is behind the framed painting!