Dealing with Slugs in Your Compost Bin

Your compost bin might be suffering because of the slugs that have worked their way inside. Slugs can really ruin a garden because they eat away at seedlings and then can later on eat away at the roots. They are sometimes hard to see because they usually come out at night or on rainy, moist and humid days. Although these critters can be a pest to any garden and possibly compost bin, there are ways to deal with them so that your garden will not suffer.

Step 1-Remove Slugs

Before you can do anything else, you need to try and remove all the slugs that you can find. To find them go outside to your compost at night and pick them out and place them far from your garden. You may need to have a flashlight or outside light to shine on the compost in order to find the slugs.

Step 2- No Harsh Chemicals

Do not try and use harsh chemicals to kill the slugs in your compost bin. These chemicals may ruin your compost and could kill anything else in it, as well as making it unable to use because it could cause harm to humans after the plant has been planted. Poisonous chemicals can kill other insects and animals that can help your garden and you do not want a lot of dead animals in your compost or your garden.

Step 3- Put Up a Barrier

You can always put a barrier up around the compost bin so that the slugs will not be able to get into it. Slugs do not normally crawl over many obstacles. Place either crushed eggs shells or course sand around the compost to create a barrier. These barriers will be able to keep these slimy slugs out of your compost.

Step 4-Spread Compost Out

When the compost is ready to be used, spread it out in the warm sun where the birds are able to get to it. This will help prevent the slug eggs from staying in the compost. The birds will pick up the eggs and eat them before they are able to hatch. Allow the compost to stay out for a few days.

Regardless of what has been believed, slugs really do not bother a compost bin. In a garden, slugs can really ruin many plants and roots, but they are normally alright if left in a compost bin. Normally these slugs do not really bother any of your good plants in the compost bin and don't really seem to hurt the composting process. The only thing that you need to worry about is to get rid of the eggs that the slugs have while in the compost bin. These eggs could potentially hatch once the compost has gone into the garden, which could cause some damage. Make sure these eggs are gone before the compost is put in the garden.