Vermicomposting - Troubleshooting

If you create the proper environment for your worms to live in, and supply them with the right amount of food and moist bedding material, you probably won't have any issues.

But worm bin composting is a natural process, and sometimes in nature things get out of balance and problems arise.

Luckily, most issues you might experience with a composting worm bin are easily identified and fixed.

Vermicomposting Troubleshooting - The Worm Bin

Let's take a look at some of the common problems people experience with their worm bins, and what to do about them.

Vermicomposting Troubleshooting - pH Levels:

Without getting into the science of pH levels too much, pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity, and worms in a compost bin survive in a range of 6.8 to 7.2, with 7 being a neutral pH measurement.

Measuring the pH level inside your worm bin isn't necessary, but you should consider pH levels a problem if you notice a drop in activity and other troubleshooting remedies aren't working.

If you do want to test your worm bin's pH level, pH testing kits are available at garden or hardware stores. Remember: pH of 6.8 to 7.2 for compost worms

Waiter, There's a Bug in My Worm Bin!

If you start to notice an abundance of flying or creepy crawly bugs in and around your worm bin, it's time to make an adjustment.

Vermicomposting Troubleshooting - Other Common Worm Bin Problems

Besides bugs, there are other issues that can come up with your worm bin:

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