Hi, I have collected horse manure fresh from a field for composting. Some of the piles had hundreds of little beetle type insects in. Is it ok to add this manure into my compost bin with my grass cuttings etc? Southern England uk
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These will, usually, be killed in the composting process, while adding nutrients to the compost. It will be ok to use this in your pile. Most insects that are native to feces will not harm plants, as their diet consists of digested plant material.