Ok, I have a question similar to the hickory nut question below. Are buckeyes commonly afflicted with those borer worms? Is there anything I could do to avoid the worms or kill them without altering the outside of the shell? Freezing? Baking? I only picked nuts with no holes/cracks, but I know that's no guarantee that they're worm-free. I just collected a ton of buckeyes that I was planning on using in craft projects. The plan is to make wreaths, garlands, and bunches of them to hang on doorknobs. I was going to drill a small hole through the center to string them on copper wire. I was going to give some to family as gifts--I really don't want worms popping out of my decorations. Any ideas? Thanks!