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The Very Scary Most Horrible Heave Inducing Compost Bin..
August 22, 2013
9:07 am
Miss Dana
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Good morning! 


So what does one DO with a large composting barrel that wasn’t taken care of properly over the summer and is now filled with a year’s worth of compost and literally moving with maggots and roaches??? 


My daughter lives in our rental house and she’s doing the healthy living composting thing, but over the summer she subletted and the compost bin was ignored. My DH looked in it the other day and was shocked at the disgusting nature of the bin…roaches, maggots….YUCK!  bug-eyed


So what can we do with this awful mess? If we dump it at the far corner of the back yard, will it stink up the neighborhood? Will it attract snakes? Rats? Should we put lime on it?


Good Lord…what do we DO???  Thank you!

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August 22, 2013
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Well, the roach part is a bit alarming, the rest, not so much.  Are you sure they’re roaches?  If they’re just beetles, which would be quite reasonable, it wouldn’t be so bad.  I had something similar happen, sans the roach part, and added a quantity of dry leaves, and some clippings, and turned it for a time, and it turned out to begood compost, (after being dumped and turned a bit in the old fashioned way) but I knew it was simple neglect, not anything that had been added that was a compost no-no addition.  Still, I think that doing some additions of the drier brown matter type (leaves etc) might tone down the ick factor, and mean that dumping it in a distant corner of the property would make it less offensive.  …and yes, some lime when you dump it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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August 22, 2013
2:45 pm
Bel Air Maryland
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There are many varieties of roaches and most of them do not invade houses. Simply dumping the compost out onto the ground and spreading and turning it a little will bring in the birds and mice to eat the insect population. Outside mice are good to have around and they are rather fun to watch.


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