Red Spider Mites

Anonymous added on August 6, 2016 | Answered

Does the heat from compost kill red spider mites (as I know they like heat)? We've had red spider mites in our polytunnel so I've taken out a few bean plants. I'm wondering if the straw mulch is ok to put on the compost. I'm assuming it's providing a habitat for them at the moment, as there are little webs all over it.

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Answered on August 6, 2016

As a general rule I would try not to put contaminated material in the compost.
Material infested with insects, diseased material and weeds should not be added to compost.

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