Woodlice, also known as sowbugs or pillbugs, are crustaceans that are commonly found in damp environments, such as gardens and compost piles. While they are not harmful to the worms or the composting process in a wormery, they can be a nuisance. They can consume some of the food scraps intended for the worms, and their presence may indicate that the wormery is too moist and not draining properly.
Additionally, an excessive population of woodlice in your wormery may indicate that the wormery is overcrowded and not receiving enough oxygen, which can lead to anaerobic conditions and unpleasant odours.
If you find that you have a problem with woodlice in your wormery, there’s a few things you can do:
- Reduce the moisture in the wormery by adding more bedding material or by adjusting the ventilation.
- Keep the bin covered with a lid to reduce the number of woodlice that can enter the bin.
- Make sure to bury food scraps under the bedding material to reduce the amount of food available to the woodlice.
- Keep the surrounding area clean and free of debris to reduce the number of woodlice that can enter the bin.
- Check the drainage and aeration of your wormery to make sure that it is adequate.
It's worth noting that woodlice are not harmful to worms and can help in the decomposition process, but if their presence is overwhelming, taking action can help to control their population.
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