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10/05/2013 at 07:25

My compost heap is crawling with woodlice and contains loads of their eggs. Is it OK to use it like that or should I try and get rid of them first? If so, what's the best way to control them?

10/05/2013 at 07:30

I don't like them in or around the home but in the compost bin I think perhaps they do harm.  I certainly wouldn't use any insecticide there.

Leave them alone.  I do

10/05/2013 at 07:33

Thanks - I worry that when I'm planting a new plant, putting in compost full of woodlice might not be the best start for it? Do they est the roots?

10/05/2013 at 08:24

Hi Sally. Think Verdun's right -they're really only a nuisance if they're in the house. They're very useful in the garden as they help with decomposition but they don't eat 'live' material only decaying as far as I'm aware.

10/05/2013 at 08:43

That's good news - I prefer to let things be where possible.

10/05/2013 at 10:31

Leave them alone. They are one of the primary movers in the compost world. They eat decayed or decaying matter and help break it down into the nice crumbly stuff that we like to spread on our soil. Their teeth are not strong enough to eat anything but very soft green material or as said, half decayed stuff. They love dark damp places. Only time they might be a nuisance is if you have lots of them where there is not enough food and they then attack seedlings.

If you have them where you do not want them then the answer is to clear out any rubbish plant material and let in the light. Talcum powder will stop them as they find it difficult to cross it.

Finally if you really have huge numbers then, fried in butter they are supposed to taste like shrimps.

10/05/2013 at 11:45

Berghill, that's right.  Fried with vine weevil grubs.  Now others may realise I was not joking.  But fried in butter

10/05/2013 at 11:46

Berghill, that's right.  Fried with vine weevil grubs.  Now others may realise I was not joking.  But fried in Cornish butter

10/05/2013 at 12:28

Thanks for the advice, I'll give it a try (letting in the light not frying in butter).

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