It grows to about 1 cm / 0.4 inches in length has a red like front body and a yellowish back.
I haven't seen one in years. Where are the spiders when you need one :-) ? The woodlouse spider its really something special to get glimpse of it. Till I catch one again in one of my worm bins you'll have to find images of it on the net.
Red mites feed on earthworms
Amongst the well know worm bin
predators are mites.
Mites are an closely related
to spiders and scorpions.
They vary in size from microscopic dust mites to
larger mites like the Red mites.
Dust mites are probably found in even the
Of the estimated 40000 different kinds of mites there are only
3 kinds you can see with the naked eye in worm farms.
At certain times you might find
in your worm farm white-, brown- and red mites.
The white- and brown mites are
not really a problem for your worms as long as their numbers don’t grow to
White- and brown mites are just some of several other peaceful worm bin inhabitant's you might encounter in your worm bins
The mite that can be a threat for
earthworms is the Red Mite. Red Mites are predators. They can attack your worms
and kill them by virtually sucking them dry.
So far we rarely had to deal with
them in our worm beds.
If you encounter them in your worm bin its best to get
rid of them.
An effective way is to burn them with a blow torch.
That doesn’t sound nice but Red mites can spread
diseases and can definitely kill a lot of your composting worms.