Red spider mites
Hi, I'm new to the forum. I purchased a worm bin in March, along with Mary Appelhof's book "Worms eat my Garbage." This has been my "bible" over the last few months. However, red mites have become a real nusience in my bin.
I've read in the book that they can be collected by placing a piece of bread on the top of the bin and, once the mites have collected there, remove the bread, thus removing the mites. However, I am questioning this as it just seems I have more now than ever.
One thing that scares me is that Mary seemed to think that the worms would stop eating if there were too many mites. I am not finding that they are affected, in their consuming, by the mites, but I'm wondering if the mites do bother the worms? Do they sting? I have never found mites ON any worm, but I have found millipedes and other little critters being swarmed by the mites.
What do the mites actually eat?
I've read here, just today, that the red mites will damage plants if added to the soil. So I've already decided to freeze my castings before adding to the soil.
Another thing; I'm keeping my bin outside on the screened in porch this summer. We've had some very hot weather, but the bin is not in the sun. I tell you, the worms are THRIVING! For example, I had an 18" rotting zuchini which I cut in half and added to my bin just 10 days ago. It is gone; poof; dissapeared!
Oh so many more questions and glad to find you'all. My dh and dd think I should get rid of them, but I'm, as someone here stated, "addicted!"
Thanks for the answers/advise on the mites,