Worm Farming Pests. Back to TOC Worm farming pests do get in on occasions, so I put together a small list that you may want to refer to from time to time.
After reading this page it should come to no surprise. However, you will have questions when you see just what wormed its way into the bin causing vermiculture problems. They may be friend, they may be foe, So here's a list just so you'll know. ATTENTION! Friends (the annoying ones) Spider mites (Brown and white) It's not entirely uncommon to find some kind of mite in the bin. These guys aren't necessarily a problem as much as they are a nuisance. However, if the mites become too populated, they may start to choke out the worms and the worms may look for new residence. They seem to love cantaloupe and watermelon. **Side Note**You may have some baby worms on the rinds. Here's a demonstration on removing mites. Fruit Flies Not a friend, neither an ally, just plane annoying. See the detailed How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies page.
Foes in the worm bin Other Predators. Worm Composting in the Winter. 6 Ways to keep your Worm Farm Warm. #4 is my new favorite!Worm Composting Headquarters. Worm Composting in the Winter Your composting worms have three jobs: eat, poop, and make babies.
It’s a good life if you can get it. You’re job as the worm farmer is to make sure the conditions are right for the worms to do their thing. Regulating the temperature in your worm bin is essential to maximize the worms efficiency. Free Copy of "30 Worm Composting Questions Answered" Get a FREE copy of the Report Receive insider updates Start worm composting now! Enter your name and Email below to get your FREE copy!
Troubleshooting Worm Bins - Cornell Composting. By Jen Fong and Paula Hewitt Fruit Flies Though fruit flies do not pose any health hazards, these little creatures can be a nuisance in the classroom.
To help prevent these potentially prolific pests, do the following: 1. Avoid putting rotting or rotten food in your worm bin. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Get Started - Uncle Jim's Worm Farm. Red Worm Composting. The purpose of this page is provide you with an overview of worm composting.
Be assured that I will also be providing many other articles and blog posts that explore the various aspects of vermicomposting in much greater detail. UPDATE: Here is a video I made not too long ago that discusses what I feel are the “fundamentals” of worm composting. If you are looking for a quick and dirty overview of this topic you may want to check it out: Below is a more detailed description of some of the more important components you’ll likely want to consider before starting up your first vermicomposting system (keep in mind that this section was actually written LONG before I made the fundamentals video). When it comes to starting up your vermicomposting system there are four main components to consider: 1) Container (worm bin), 2) Bedding, 3) Waste material, and of course 4) Composting worms. Container There are a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing the type of worm bin you want to set up. Shopping: Home and Garden: Fertilizers and Soil Additives: Compost: Worms.
Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste - Matthew Ross. Composting With Worms. Brief Description A classroom composting experiment demonstrates why worms are called "nature's recyclers.
" Objectives Students will predict what will happen in two (control and experiment) containers -- one with soil and trash, the other with soil, trash, and worms. Learn why some people call worms "nature's recyclers. " discuss how worms can help solve environmental problems. Keywords Worms, earthworms, recycle, compost, garbage, trash, biodegradable Materials Needed two see-through plastic containers of the same size, with lids (optimum container size might be a foot square and 6 inches deep); air holes should be punched in sides and lid of container earthworms (See Purchasing Earthworms section below.)
Lesson Plan In this experiment students observe firsthand how earthworms transform garbage into compost. Start with two see-through plastic containers of the same size; the containers should have lids. Be sure each container contains equal amounts of soil and garbage items. Assessment. Amazon. Waste Materials For Worms.