Return to the Vermicomposting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Brown worms with pincers in my bin

Posted by ocor25 8 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 24, 11 at 12:37

Just recently I had a fairly large amount of brown worms with pincers appear in my bin. They are about 1/2" in size, segmented,and are voracious eaters. As soon as put new food in the bin they are all over it with in hours. I have never seen them before so I am not familiar with what they are. Just a bit concerned because I dont know if they will do any harm to the compost or worms. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Brown worms with pincers in my bin

Sounds like it might be earwigs?

RE: Brown worms with pincers in my bin

Thanks for the response cathyca...but I found out from a friend with the same worms in her bin that they are the larva of the black solder fly....I actually found out this type of worm is also used in a different type of vermicomposting.

RE: Brown worms with pincers in my bin

yes, and they get huge! The ones in my bin frequently got over 1" long, which seems to be excessive seeing as the black soldier flies are usually about 1/4".

RE: Brown worms with pincers in my bin

They should be harmless unless too many invade your bin, then thy will compete with the red worms for food. Also if you have an enclosed bin like a plastic tub they can create alote of excess liquid while eating thus causing your tub to become anerobic, not good for your worms.

RE: Brown worms with pincers in my bin

Can you post a picture?
I'm curious because as far as I can see, BSFL don't have pinchers.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Vermicomposting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here