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Are these harmful? I just noticed several colonies of several hundred of these guys each around the lid edge of my worm bin.

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Comment by Christy Ruffner on May 14, 2008 at 11:42am
I can't really tell what I'm looking at. If you could describe a bit. Color, shape, movement. In all the years that I've been worm composting, I haven't had a critter that was a bad guy.

I've had mice which I had to chase out, I've had ants which got there from my manure but they don't like the moisture of the bin so they move out on their own. Everything else pretty much belongs in a compost system. They do their thing eating, pooping, reproducing, and dying. As long as any of them don't out populate the worms I don't worry about them. Sometime spidermites will go through a population explosion and compete with the worms for the food. There are ways to deal with that. Give me some more information and I'll see if I can figure out what you've got. But, I wouldn't worry too much about it.


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