compost bugs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gongzp1963
August 22, 2010
I got lots of pillbugs or woodlousesin my compost pile. What can I do to get rid of them?

Answer from NGA
August 22, 2010
Healthy compost naturally has a population of beneficail insects. In this case, the pillbugs are busy helping to decompose the organic matter. They also indicate that your compost pile is not working as well as it could. If you turn it regularly, moving the warm center out to the edges and the cooler edges into the center where it will heat up, the pillbugs will leave. They like cool, moist conditions. Helping your compost heat up by keeping it turned will go a long way in reducing the number of insects you see.

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