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I have had a pretty significant amount of mites in my worm bin the past few weeks. I read in several places that they can be a good thing, so I am not worried about it.
Yesterday, I added some food to the bin. It was a mixture of banana peels, grape tomatoes and apple cores. I put it all in a blender and then added it, nice and mushy, to the bin. I also crushed up an egg shell and sprinkled it on top, several hours after adding the food.
Right now, it's been over 24 hours since I added the food and egg shells and I noticed the number of mites has been very significantly reduced since last time I opened the bin to feed them. I figured they found the food and were all attracted to it, so maybe they just weren't at the top anymore. I pulled back the bedding to reveal the area where I put the food, and it looks like most of it is gone (albeit, it was mostly water content so It could have soaked in with everything else).
Does anyone have any insight on this? Did the egg shells do something? Or Maybe the mites dug into the compost at the bottom? Or maybe something I fed the worms scared them off? I would consider what I fed them a "typical" meal that I've been giving them.
The only thing I did that was different yesterday was add tomatoes, and this was the first time I put egg shells in there.
There are still a good amount of mites in there, but I have to try to find them. Before this, I could just open the bin and see the mites everywhere.
Once again I ask: Does anyone have any insight on this?