Centipedes and other bugs - what do I do?
So I had a successful year of vermicomposting, thanks in good part to what I learned from all of you, lurking on this forum. However, after adopting a friend's dying worms this summer, my efforts have gone seriously down hill.
First, my two bins (modified rubbermaids punched with holes and, stupidly, screening whose tape has been coming off) started to host an insane number of mites around the wetter parts in the bins and clusters of odd, elongated brown bugs (about a centimeter long) on the outside/top of the bins. The material in the bins is somehow uneven in moisture - very wet where the food was rotting and bone dry bedding (mostly newspaper). Have been seeing fewer and fewer worms. Then, finally, I started seeing centipedes in and around the bins.
A few weeks ago, I patched up all the holes with tape and screening, but centipedes still run out from under the bins when I come by for feedings and agitate them.
Aside from the "what do I do" question, I'm also wondering when I should give up from a moral perspective. Is it cruel to keep feeding the few worms I have left if they're just going to be eaten by centipedes? Would starving them actually help make the other bugs go away? Should I just dump them in my yard (Zone 6) and hope for the best?