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Common worm bin mites

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Comment by Anne Marie Corrigan on March 16, 2010 at 8:40am
Thanks very much. I haven't had my worms for very long and I probably obsess about them too much.
Comment by Angel on December 4, 2013 at 5:57pm
Hello my name is Angel I've a question about mites are they dangerous to my worms I see pictures of the white ones I've seen the brown ones that move really fast and I heard that the red ones feature worms when there's no food is it true? Do any of these mites cost harm to us?
Comment by Andrew from California on December 4, 2013 at 6:11pm

I don't have the reference links, but from what I recall the fast red ones are more predatory in nature. But in a worm bin they're more likely to prey on springtails and smaller critters than on baby worms.

I know some people have allergies to dust mites and their dander, but I don't know if these fall into the same category. These prefer much wetter conditions, so most people wouldn't encounter worm bin mites regularly. The fast red mites are the only ones I've seen wander out of a worm bin. Like worms, I imagine they'd soon die if they couldn't find a suitable environment and food supply.

Comment by Angel on December 4, 2013 at 6:13pm
By any chance do you know where I could possibly get more information about these mites ?
Comment by Patricia on December 4, 2013 at 10:34pm

you might try this link:  http://www.redwormcomposting.com/worm-composting/a-mite-is-a-mite-i...

funny, the article uses the exact same pictures...ha

Comment by Andrew from California on December 4, 2013 at 11:12pm

Bentley, the member who posted the photos here, is the author of that article. ;-)

Comment by Patricia on December 4, 2013 at 11:19pm

hahahahaha....oh dear.  Not exactly sure of what is happening right here right now.....

Comment by Patricia on December 4, 2013 at 11:20pm

Now, I'm confused as to who is asking what???

Comment by Andrew from California on December 4, 2013 at 11:24pm

Patricia, sorry if my comment was confusing. I was responding to your comment:

"funny, the article uses the exact same pictures...ha"

The link you posted was totally appropriate in answering Angel's question. Now I hope this clarifies instead of confuses. ;-)

Comment by Patricia on December 4, 2013 at 11:43pm

hahahaha......oh!  

oh my....ok.  I got it now....haha.  I think that was more "me" confusing myself than you!  

Thanks!

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