11-16-2020, 06:46 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
| | Getting rid of mites in worm culture
The mites are harmless but I can see them competing with the worms for food.
After researching on natural pesticides, I used castile soap & water to spray on the mites. I put a sample on a microscope slide. After a few hours, the sample dried up. The mites dried off and died as well.
In the culture container however (real situation), the mites survived, probably due to the humidity in the soil and container. I sprayed the mites for 5 days. The worms were alive but they moved deeper into the soil.
I then did a search on vermicultures and there is a trick to reduce the mite population. They would put pieces of melons or watermelon rinds in the culture. That would attract the mites and you can wash them off.
I had a cucumber and put in a few slices in my culture. After a day it attracted mites and unfortunately the grindal worms as well. However, the mites can fall off the cucumber by tapping the slices. This method can get tedious but can reduce the mite population without hurting the worms.