What bugs in the compost?

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What bugs in the compost?

Postby Smac » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:04 pm

New to the forum - just recently setup a compost bin 6days ago, and have been putting weeds, left over food scraps etc and noticed that cockroaches are in there, as well as a heap of ants.
I was thinking of putting some soil in and then buying some worms to put in as well, but wondered if the cockroaches / ants would be a pest? Or are they all part of the system.

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Re: What bugs in the compost?

Postby VRON » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:51 am

Cockroaches and ants are part of the normal 'life' you would find in a compost bin so there is really no need to be overly concerned. They should not affect any worms that inhabit the bin either.
About the only critters you really don't want in the bin would be rats, mice, snakes and other vermin and if you only put in plant material if the bin is an open one. or make sure it is well sealed if there is a lid you should be fine.

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Re: What bugs in the compost?

Postby bubba louie » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:37 am

If the bin is in full sun it'll most likely be too hot for composting worms in summer.

Composting worms are surface feeders but if the bin is on the ground you'll find that garden worms will arrive on their own and cope much better with hot conditions.
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