Last updated on October 21st, 2023 at 10:26 pm
When you stir your compost, you come face to face with worms, slugs, larvae, voles or grubs? No need to panic, they are not pests, but useful animals in the garden. In the compost, their presence is a sign of good health. Indeed, the compost heap, when it decomposes, releases heat. Add to this the nutrient supply from the waste, and you have many small animals that find refuge in the compost.
The little animals in the compost play a big role. They help turn the plant waste into good compost. That’s why you don’t want to destroy them. These are actually the same animals that you can find in the undergrowth, among the dead leaves or mulch. They transform plant debris into humus, excellent for the garden soil.
Why are insects and animals present in the compost?
In the compost pile, insects and animals take refuge. The reason is simple. During the winter, the compost pile gives off heat and animals move in to gain a few degrees. In the same way, the compost heap appears as a huge pantry, since they can feed. There is something for everyone: herbivores with kitchen waste, carnivores that eat the invertebrates, rodents that can eat the organic mass.
Which animals should not approach the compost?
Some animals are rather curious. Dogs and cats in particular will go looking for and sniffing out what’s going on around your compost. However, they are not necessarily welcome. Indeed, they could destroy what you are doing with your compost, i.e. the humus. To prevent them from getting too close to your bin, place it in a strategic location where they won’t come. Also, it is important to choose a closed compost bin. If it’s open, you won’t be able to constantly check if your dog or cat is sticking its nose in. Finally, it is important to sort out the foods to be put in the compost. Some foods are more attractive than others. Avoid meats, milk and fats in your compost.