While feeding the red wigglers this afternoon I thought I’d pass on this vermicompost tip on how to reduce mites. My worms came with mites. I’m told all bins have them. Not sure I believe that but I can’t prove it wrong. I’m sure the mites bother me more than the worms since they don’t seem to bother the worms in the least.

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Mites migrate to the solid apple core and are easy to remove.

I put a solid piece of fruit in each tray (four tray system) the day before I feed the worms. Mites cluster on the fruit. I toss the fruit into the wood stove, feed the worms and go on with my day. It’s practically effortless.

Notice the worm casings vs Bell pepper seeds in the compost. The peppers seeds will germinate if they get warm enough, or they’ll rot and feed the worms. The casings are full of gestating worms.

The system has enough worms to take care of all of our plant food scraps from the two of us. The worms have provided two gallons of compost and five quarts of very strong worm tea. When diluted the tea will make 40 gallons of fertilizer for the house plants, seedlings I’ll be starting soon, and the raised beds. No food ever goes to waste in this houseful. The dogs, worms, chickens, ducks and compost bins take care of everything.

How to reduce mites in a vermicompost bin using little effort.