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  • Worms in Enviro-Cycle “liquid collection” base

    Created by gj on

    I have an Enviro-Cycle Composter. The liquid fertilizer/ compost tea that I collected from the base had some worms in it — they looked like leeches. Is this good or not?
    gj

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  • #13822 Reply

    pn-admin
    Member

    GJ – I am not that familiar with leaches, but I could see how a worm or two could get caught in the base of the Envirocycle, especially if they where somehow added to the rotating drum with the compost. Are you sure that they are not drowned worms?

    #13865 Reply

    glowbugg
    Member

    I find it slightly unusual for a leech to make its way into your composter. However, leeches are closely related to worms. A leech can be identified by two vacuum-like suckers on both ends and exactly 34 segments.

    Leeches don't eat a lot but they will eat worms from time to time. It is very common to see other insects in your compost bins, but most are beneficial. Watch out for predatory consumers such as centipedes, ground beetles, rove beetles, and ants.

    #13876 Reply

    Anonymous

    It appears I have springtails in my worm bin. Do I need to get rid of them or are they harmless? My worms are now thriving. I have a 3 stack system worm bin. thanks

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    E. Vinje
    Keymaster

    Springtails seem to be mostly harmless in a garden compost. They are secondary consumers who eat fungus and microorganisms. They probably don’t do much to help or harm your compost for this reason.

    Happy composting!

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