sow bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Lynchburg, Vi
Question by sandyhrbn
October 3, 2009
My compost bin is inundated with sow bugs.What can I safely do about that?Thanks


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Answer from NGA
October 3, 2009

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What you describe is perfectly normal and natural. Sowbugs feed primarily on decaying plant material and are very important in the process of decomposing organic matter in the garden. As your compost bin heats up the sow bugs will move to cooler regions and won't be so evident, but they will still be there, feeding on the decaying material and helping to decompose everything. They are nothing to worry about. Be sure to turn your compost on a regular basis to move the hot center out to the sides of the pile and the cooler material from the sides into the center so it can heat up. Best wishes with your compost!

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