Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Worms in drain

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Worms in drain

    Hi

    I unscrewed the cap on the bin and it was bungled up with worms which I had to remove before any leachate could drain out.

    Is this normal?

  • #2
    I've seen the odd tiny critter in my leachate (drowning fly or beetle), and i've seen hotbins infested with composting worms because the compost never got hot. Never seen drainage cap bunged with worms before. Its possible they made their way into the compost and when it got too hot for them they retreated through the drainage holes.

    Comment


    • #3
      I tried to drain leachate today and loads of foul smelling dead compost worms came pouring out. I had often seen them at the top of the bin previously when the compost is very hot. Ive been hot composting for about a year and never had a problem before. Any advice welcome

      Comment


      • compost novice
        compost novice commented
        Editing a comment
        I've had exactly the same this week. Have had the bin for a year and never had this problem before. Advice please!

    • #4
      There is little you can do to stop the worms getting in unless your bin is continually hot. I have my bin raised well above the ground. Once the worms are in and it gets too hot for them they will migrate to the coolest part of the bin, and as a result, drowning in the leachate.

      Comment


      • #5
        I have had exactly the same issues with worms. First they congregated around the lid, then they appeared at the drain which was almost fully blocked. Very little leachate came out after the drain was cleared. I have also had my Hot Bin for about a year and this is the first time I've experienced their presence. The tend to be pink in colour and about 2" or 5cm in length.
        Still not sure after reading all the other posts if it is a good or bad situation to have.

        Comment


        • #6
          Originally posted by Chester John View Post
          I have had exactly the same issues with worms. First they congregated around the lid, then they appeared at the drain which was almost fully blocked. Very little leachate came out after the drain was cleared. I have also had my Hot Bin for about a year and this is the first time I've experienced their presence. The tend to be pink in colour and about 2" or 5cm in length.
          Still not sure after reading all the other posts if it is a good or bad situation to have.
          Its good in the sense that there must be plenty of worms about. It's probably bad for the worms that they moved into your hotbin

          Comment

          Working...
          X