Woo's Worms
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Pests
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Common Pests – Often worm boxes house other creatures such as mites, fruit flies, snails, etc. Usually this is no problem, and they are all part of the decomposition process. Never use pesticides to try to eliminate anything. You might just eliminate your worm population. I have heard centipedes are bad, so I kill any I find in my box.



Animals - Keep your worm vermicomposting containers secure with a tight fitting cover. This is especially important for outside boxes. Raccoons, skunks, possums, and other animals eat worms, and can wipe out a worm population very quickly.



Fruit Flies - Overfeeding will result in many fruit flies. The worms will eventually solve the problem and eat up the excess. Do not add any food for a while. A large soda bottle cut in half with the top inserted upside down in the bottom section will make an effect trap for the flies. Put a little vinegar with a touch of dishwashing soap in the bottom to attract them. See picture at left. Supposedly, freezing the garbage before feeding the worms will reduce the fruit flies. I don't mind a few flies, so I have never done this.



Humans - Your worms will do better if they are disturbed as little as possible. They do not like light, and will quickly burrow into their bedding when a box is opened.  Resist the urge to open the box too frequently to see what is going on. This is not to say you should not monitor their activity periodically. You must feed the worms and make sure their environment stays healthy. Fortunately the worms are very adaptable and forgiving. Mine manage to do well even though I break this rule myself making very frequent and often daily inspections. Part of the fun of Vermicomposting is seeing those little critters doing their job for you. When harvesting your worms remember to handle them as gently as possible and do not let them dry out.



Fish - As everyone knows fish love worms which are the most popular live bait. From the fisherman's standpoint they do their job. However, from Wormy's standpoint Fish and Fishermen are indeed PESTS.



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