After 9 months of trying to get a crappy bunch of baby worms up to
speed in a worm bin, I finally want to pull out some worm
Well, those little reddish "eggs" that had always been laying atop the
dirt and under the lid started crawling on my hand when I tried to
dump it out !!!! (maybe 3 cu. ft. of heavy wet 'dirt'/manure/compost).
I 'guess' they are ticks...too small to get a good look but too hard
to squish between my fingers.
You think I can spray it with Neem Oil solution without killing the
worms? Will that kill the ticks?
Any other ideas?
John in Houston
If they are soil mites, I'd rather leave them alone. They keep the
compost in balance. Without their help, you might find your worms
bailing out of the bin when you add fresh manure. Use a trowel to
flip over the surface compost where these things likes to hang out.
Nab the worms underneath then wash your hands when you're done. I
agree, the little 'pops' from squished mites makes my hair stand, too.
Sorry I couldn't offer a better solution.
There have to be millions...I dumped the box yesterday and they are
everywhere all the way thru...and they don't squish :>/ which is why I
thought they might be ticks. Those mite sites put them only a short
step from being ticks - if they are mites...
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