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Albert

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Wood lice problem
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:24:30 am »
I have a compost bin and put grass cuttings, leaves, clippings etc in it.

Last year I noticed that wood lice were in the bin and were doing quite a good job of converting the garden waste to compost.
However, this year I have noticed that in the areas where I have put the compost I have a wood lice problem in the garden beds which is killing nearby plants.

I have put down Ant powder and that seems to keep them under control.

What I am concerned about is my remaining compost.
Does it all have wood lice eggs in it and should I just take it all down the tip, which would be quite an exercise!


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Re: Wood lice problem
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 10:09:31 am »
If I were you I would dump all the compost and start again Albert.
It looks like it is infested.
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Albert

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Re: Wood lice problem
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 08:12:29 am »
I think I will do that, I cant risk another epidemic.

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Re: Wood lice problem
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 10:46:57 am »
The only thing you can do Albert is to empty your compost bin and take the contents to the tip I am affraid.
I have a similar problem with ants in my compost bin this year.

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Re: Wood lice problem
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 08:24:19 am »
I have got ants in mine - compost bin that is!

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Re: Wood lice problem
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2011, 11:25:22 am »
Ants are really bad this year.  Not sure why exactly.
Tesco has/had a special offer on ant powder £1 a go or three for £2.
Ant powder seems to do the trick nice and quick and works on wood lice too.