There are other worm farm inhabitants besides the worms living inside your worm bin. These creatures are part
of the small ecosystem that forms around
decomposing organic materials inside worm farms. Some
of those worm farm inhabitants like the spring tails or the wood louse are
joining forces with the compost worms and take part in the composting process.
Others like the centipede or the woodlouse spider are predators that are looking
for their next meal. Let’s first have a look at some of the creatures that are
not harmful to your compost worms.
The woodlouse is known by many different names around the world. Amongst them are names like sow bug, butcher boy, potato bug and roly-poly. Woodlice are
posing actually no real threat to your worms. They can regularly be found in
worm bins where they are roaming around taking their share of the decomposing
Woodlice like a moist and dark
environment. If you want to remove them from your worm farm you can simply
collect them at sight. I see them as helpful participants of the recycling process and leave them in peace.
Slugs can occasionally be found in worm bins
Another worm farm inhabitant you might encounter are slugs or naked snails.
They can be found from time to time in worm bins.
Most of them are decomposing organic material and fungi.
species however are considered predatory and are suspected to eat worms.
have never seen a slug feeding on a worm but we always take them out of our
worm farms if we encounter them. If you want
to remove them from your worm bin, either place them somewhere else where they
can’t harm worms or plants or kill them and add to the compost heap.
Thousands of tiny white spring tails covering some organic waste
Spring tail's are tiny creatures the size of a pin head.
They have six legs but are not classified as
Spring tails are worm
farm inhabitants that can live in large numbers in top soil and decomposing
Their population can reach many thousands per
meter square / 10 square feet.
Thousands of brown mites in a worm bin
There are 3 types of mites: white, brown and red
ones. While the white and brown mites, which are about the size of a pinhead, are
not a threat to worms as predators, they do compete with the worms for food. If
their numbers increase dramatically this may raise the cost of feeding your
worms. We have not had this problem yet and really do not have too many white
and brown mites around in our worm beds. So we usually let them be.
Rolled up Millipede
feed on fungi and parts of the organic matter in their environment. They are useful members in a worm farm environment that do their part of the
the predatory Centipedes, Millipedes are no threat to compost worms.
are no predators but rather enjoy consuming decomposing organic materials.
are quite cute creatures and roll into a ball when they feel endangered.
Millipedes move slowly over the surface
of rotting organic materials and are a helpful in the recycling process inside
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