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    I have noticed small white insects in the leachate and am concerned if I use it I might be passing them on to my plants. Is this normal or is there a problem?

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    Small flies and other critters often breed in the leachate area. I doubt they will do any harm. If you have any doubts, drain your leachate off into a sturdy container and add a little boiling water. That will kill off anything and your leachate should be safe to use once its cool

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      SpookyJohn2
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      Thank you HotBinadjinn. Do you have any idea why the leachate can be kept for only 2weeks please? If diluted 10-1 it lasts ages.

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    SpookyJohn2
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    SpookyJohn2 I wasn't aware it could only be kept for 2 weeks - I do use mine quite quickly, especially in the summer. Do you have a source for that info? If that is the case, I would imagine that it might get stinky over a period of time. Perhaps its a good medium for nasty bacteria. I know when I tap off the leachate its more or less odourless, but i've kept it long enough to become a little smelly with a little froth on top like a good stout - can't say I know how long I kept it for.

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      HotBinDjinn I read that keeping it for no more than 2 weeks is on the HotBin website. I was puzzled as if it is diluted 1:10 ratio as recommended it should keep longer than that.
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