Small crawling bugs in my bin

Minnesota_EricJune 5, 2013

I'm about a month into my worm bin experience. I opened the bin last night to add some food scraps and I noticed many (hundreds?) of very, very small brownish insects crawling around inside the bin. They were moving along quite quickly. They were quite a bit smaller than a fruit fly, and did not seem to be able to fly. Are these mites?

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sbryce_gw

They could be mites. We would need to see one to be sure.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 1:58AM
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Minnesota_Eric

I tried taking a picture, but my camera won't focus on them as they are so small. I can hardly see them!

I attached the photo anyhow so you can at least get an idea of their size. The view is from above the bin. On the rim, there are a few small brown dots. Those are the critters. This probably doesn't help. sorry again for the poor picture quality.
Are they mites? is this from overfeeding?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 3:54PM
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klem1

I wouldn't be concurned unless they are invading the house or harming the worms. A larger bug will likly show up soon and feast on them. The bin will always have bugs of some kind so if they aren't causing problems I just let them help the worms.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 9:48PM
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sbryce_gw

Mites are still a possibility. It is hard to tell with this photo, but they are probably mites. I don't what else they might be.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 8:08PM
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