Latest posts by HyppyByker

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:40

A fellow sufferer - yay!  On your experience I won't do anything other than clear away what i can when I turn the compost and let nature do the rest.  That's always my default position but it's nice to have it confirmed   Thanx Jumbo

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:54

Hmm food for thought - his description seems to match but others refer more to the worm aspect and these aren't.  If they're benign they can't be the same as the ones on my seedlings and other plants - better look at them a bit closer!

I tried an organic psray before and it didn't seem to do much good - they haven't got wings so anything that works by stopping them flying isn't any use.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:24


Lovely to see the pics WS - a credit to your love and attention

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:19

Amen to that

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:17

They don't have wings so ulness they're another stage in the white fly life cycle I don't think so - and they've been in the same state for months.

I do have white fly on my lupins (which the sparrows are enjoying immensly ) so maybe they are connected.  I've also had them on certain seedlings in the greenhouse and they make the leaves curl up and the plant stunted - I picked the top surface off and some have recovered enough to plant out - but I definitely didn't use old compost anywhere near them.

Will try the boiling water idea to start with and disinfect the bin when I turn the compost

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:01

What a lovely thing to do FloBear - hope they're settling in nicely

Buying Pond Plants - which is best?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 12:55

I found a good website that ships pot grown plants bare root at £2-3 - they've arrived and look really healthy with good roots and top growth so I'm really happy with them.  First job of the long weekend Yay!

Thanx for all all your replies - made me realise I'm not well served locally!  Lorraine, I'm the keenest garden amongst my friends & neighbours so it's me who'll be giving these away once they're established

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 12:49

I have TRILLIONS of tiny white thread-like things in one of my dalek compost bins, all round the rim and now in quite a think layer on the compast itself.  It's the bin that's being topped up rather than the one that's cooking.  I've had them before but nowhere near as bad and I'm worried that the compost won't be usable if I don't do something to get rid of them.

I garden organically but any help on what they are and whether/how to get rid of them will be much appreciated

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 12:41

Rain, blessed rain in Cheshire today!  Only had a teaspoonful left in the butts so hopefully they're filling up whilst I'm at work. 

A good soaking today and overnight and I'll be able to get the weeding and the rest of the planting out done over the long weekend. As well as potting up the new pond plants, sorting out the shrubbery, treating the garden furniture and shed, turning the compost, staking the remaining perennials....   

Geum with red and yellow flowers on one plant

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:07

My deutzia is in the wrong place and is very leggy so after flowering I'm going to prune it hard and move it.  Will it be OK in a bit of a draft?

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