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8/31/12 9:59 A

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OMG!
Terri I am sure glad we don't have those around here.

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8/30/12 11:37 A

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I have a worm bed in some plastic bins and we had a bear get into them while we were gone on vacation!

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8/30/12 1:38 A

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I agree, just keep turning the pile and covering the juicy stuff (and not too much of it). I'd hate to add something to my pile that would make my earthworms unhappy.

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8/24/12 10:56 A

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I was told chickens love maggots, if you happen to have any around. In the composting class I took they said not to worry about maggots. I know they are disgusting, but I would just turn the pile and know they are doing their part to break down all the stuff into compost. I would not try to kill anything, you may kill the very critters doing the job for you.

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8/8/12 9:03 P

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Manditerrier1, after you add food scraps, especially fruit, cover the top of the pile with dried (carbon) items like dried leaves, dried grass, hay, straw, peanut shells, etc. This will keep the flies off the food scraps. Wait a few days and repeat the process, water, turn and top with more food scraps and dried items. I find this works well for a small to medium (not huge) compost pile that is workable. You will have every kind of insect in there and just know they are all beneficial, they all contribute to the breaking down of the natural items you put in - they help the process. The large insects (beetles and even maggots) will not be found in the finished product - only the raw unfinished compost. Turn frequently. Sorry if I spelled your username wrong.

This process will keep the odor down.

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7/25/12 8:15 P

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@EvelynF, she is the sweetest little beagle. And just looks at me with those big brown eyes. I think she is like the Mona Lisa and knows many secrets of the world.

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7/25/12 8:14 P

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What I thought was roaches, I saw in the day light and they were actually beetles. I always put my fruit rinds in the compost bin. So fruit flies came along and laid eggs. One day I open the lid and I had, hundreds of maggots in my compost bin. ::shivers:: remembering the horrible sight.

So I boiled a pan of water and poured it into the bin and killed them all. Probably killed some other beneficial insects in the process. I just couldn't stand the thought of seeing that every time I opened the compost bin. It is something I will not soon forget. ::shudders::

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7/16/12 3:51 P

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Yes, diatomacious earth kills slugs and snails.

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Yuck. I'm tempted to add diatomaceous earth just for prevention, even though my years-old pile has never had that problem. It'll kill the slugs that the website suggested I want, too, won't it? (actually, I don't see many slugs or snails in my pile - I think it runs a little dry - I have TONS of big happy earthworms, though!)

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I have nothing to add, just wanted to say how cute your beagle profile pick is :)



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Ew, that'd definitely freak me out, too! Let us know what you try and if it ends up working. Good luck!



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I had totally forgotten about the diatamacious earth! Good advice.

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6/29/12 10:45 P

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Thank you so much for answering.

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Thank you very much SharJo, that was very interesting to me, being a beginner composter!!! emoticon

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6/29/12 4:29 P

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It is normal to find bugs of many types in compost, worms, millipeds, centapeds and rolypoly bugs are the most common. Beetles are also frequently in compost, many beetles look similare to roaches. Look carefully next time you stir it to be sure. If they are roaches you could try adding dichotomous earth to your bin.

Just found this link scroll down near the bottom of the page to a section called Guests in the Compost and they address the issue www.organicfoodgardens.com.au/Permac
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6/29/12 3:37 P

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I have an infestation of Roaches in my compost heap. How do I deal with the problem without hurting the compost heap?

I put Combat outside the bin. I just know that if I don't do something. My bin will soon be crawling with roaches, ewww.

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