I immediatly thought internal parasite and quickly became concerned for the health of my two small children. One of the more common varieties found in worm bins is what I refer to as a ‘white mite’ (I am still not sure if this is one species, or a number of similar species). I think they will co exist ok. Not only do they not harm the worms in any way whatsoever, but they actually perform a very beneficial role as ‘shredders’, basically breaking up large fragments of organic matter, thus making them more accessible to microbes for further decomposition. These creatures are part of the small ecosystem that forms around decomposing organic materials inside worm farms. Im assuming now that the worms died from the cold (all of them were close to the walls of the bin) and the mites are eating them. Dave, Hi Dave, var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; It is a Canon Powershot SD880 10 megapixel – nestles in the palm of your hand cutie pie – digital camera. 10 Years of Vermicomposting Trenches & Beyond! Regardless, they are a very common invertebrate found in compost heaps and worm bins (among numerous other habitats). Whether you're raising worms for composting, bait, or God knows why else, this is the place for discussion. As is the case with springtails, the presence of these critters in your worm bin in itself is definitely nothing to be concerned about. Bin 1. I wish I were delusional because this is a nightmare. Isopods, better known as pillbugs, sowbugs or woodlice, are common permanent residents of the general compost area. Apparently, there is even a huge variety (as big as a football I think) that lives in the ocean as well. They are not restricted to terrestrial habitats by any means. I’ve added some more bedding just to make sure it’s not a moisture problem. And then the smaller, white circular things are mites, right? The worms are thriving!! I was exposed to these critters via a negligent landlord and now have springtail larva and mite eggs in my nose ears and skin. [tags]woodlice, sow bugs, basketball bugs, armadillo bugs, crustaceans, worm bin, vermicomposting, worm composting, compost heap, compost pile[/tags] ** It's a Great Time to Get Serious About Worm Composting - Save $30 on the CG "Ultimate" Package - Click >>Here to Learn More. There might be 20 or so in total. }(document, "script", "aweber-wjs-ybgxiptdm")); Compost Guy “Ultimate” (CGU) Hi Patricia, They’re at the top eating. i'll add some shredded paper. (function(d, s, id) { Just started worm composting a week ago and now see a couple worms on the side of the bin covered with white mites. Thank you so much for this awesome information on these little critters!!! I realized this after I had started my bin (at one point I covered it with a washcloth to keep light out but have better ventilation until I cant cut holes. I think its too moist and too many tomatoes! Once your worm bin has been going for a while, you may notice other creatures like white worms, springtail's, and tiny white spider mites in your bin. I’d like to see how they influence and reproduce in a worm-bin setting. When I first saw them (last week I almost dumped my bin) I was sooooo disappointed. Getting Rid of Fruit Flies & Fungus Gnats, Cold Weather Vermicomposting Questions Answered. Thanks! More posts from the Vermiculture community. (function(d, s, id) { I’m glad I found this! js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; I wonder if the two are related, i.e. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. My worms will be moved into the room and covered with a blanket to protect from any cold at all now. I trekked them into my car via my shoes and they got into Woodlice are neutral, they don't harm anything, just eat old rotten wood. Woodlice are neutral, they don't harm anything, just eat old rotten wood. I started my worm farm about 9 months ago and really enjoy taking care of them.They seem to be very happy and boy do I have way more then I started with. I’m sure there is enough waste to feed on for several weeks and won’t add any until then.

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