We have been acquiring a lot of enquiries recently on how to handle composting worms and the next few posts will be a short and quick reminder on how we keep our worms healthy and alive!
One of the common feedback we often get is, ” My worms seems to be very crawling out of my composting bin often, what should I do?”
First things first, we must always try to understand our worms. Worms are living creatures and they will tend to get uneasy if their environment is not suitable/good. Remember they are sensitive creatures and should be given adequate attention as well.
On of the main reasons why the worms keep crawling out of their habitat is because their environment is not suitable. This could due to
1) Lack of oxygen in the compost bin.
Assumption: Like all living organisms, worms need oxygen to survive as well. Some may debate that they are able to live under the soil hence the need of oxygen is less which is often a misconception. Worms need a similar supply of oxygen as we do. However, they are able to extract their oxygen efficiently from what we would find to be a very uncomfortable environment, like soil. This is because their blood’s haemoglobin has a much greater affinity for oxygen than humans and hence, able to cope with much lower oxygen levels.
Solution:Drill more holes on your compost bins to create more ventilation and aeration in your compost bin. You can also put your compost bin in a cooler/windy place. Alternatively, you can place a damp sheet of newspaper/cloth, something organic, over your worm bedding
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