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Growing => General Gardening => Topic started by: Frizzle1 on April 01, 2021, 17:57

Title: Re: Composting wormery - mites
Post by: Frizzle1 on April 01, 2021, 17:57
Iím not sure if Iím in the right place for this question but does anyone know how to rid mites in a composting wormery. Iíve tried lots of things but still havenít had any luck. I think now I need some advice thanks
Title: Re: Composting wormery - mites
Post by: Yorkie on April 02, 2021, 20:19
Hi Frizzle, I've split your question off so it can be seen more easily by other people  :)

I've not used a wormery before, but I'm sure that others may have done, and be able to answer your question.
Title: Re: Composting wormery - mites
Post by: Subversive_plot on April 04, 2021, 13:51
Iím not sure if Iím in the right place for this question but does anyone know how to rid mites in a composting wormery. Iíve tried lots of things but still havenít had any luck. I think now I need some advice thanks

The mites you are most likely seeing are soil mites. Soil mites are highly beneficial to compost or soil health.  If you have information indicating these mites are not beneficial, please share that information.

Remember that compost is partially a living material. When the compost is healthy, it contains bacteria, fungi, and a large variety of arthropods (insects, spiders, mites, isopods, millipedes, centipedes, etc.), and worms. To learn more, see:. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://plantcaretoday.com/soil-mites.html&ved=2ahUKEwj5gdTByOTvAhWRZs0KHQeKDG4QFjARegQIKRAF&usg=AOvVaw1mnI2AFssytd02ypPNthNb (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://plantcaretoday.com/soil-mites.html&ved=2ahUKEwj5gdTByOTvAhWRZs0KHQeKDG4QFjARegQIKRAF&usg=AOvVaw1mnI2AFssytd02ypPNthNb)

There is nothing I can think of that you can add to compost that will get rid of them without also being toxic (such as acaricides). You could try spreading compost very thinly on a plastic sheet on a sunny day, that could reduce the number of them. But, put that compost to use in a pot or flower/vegetable bed, the mites will be back fairly soon.

Best course of action is to do nothing unless you see harm being done by the mites.  Something worse than not liking the look of them.