Composting
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should i remove slugs from from my plastic compost container

Zone BENFLEET | Jeff Moles added on October 2, 2018 | Answered

I purchased a large plastic compost bin to which I placed my kitchen waste and cardboard into. I have layered it and turn it over at regular intervals and cover it with a piece of carpet. When I remove the carpet to add or turn over I keep finding large slugs underneath. Should I remove these

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on October 3, 2018

Slugs and snails are the number one enemy of many gardeners and some people believe the compost bin is a hothouse for slug and snail reproductive activity, creating massive populations that will invade the garden and devour the precious plants. Slugs and snails are decomposer organisms that help break down the organic matter in the compost bin so the bin acts as a great feeding ground for them. There is no guarantee that the slugs and snails will not be tempted to other areas of your garden, but the compost heap provides them with an ideal habitat they have no reason to leave as they have a constant food source and are protected from predators - they keep moving up the bin to get to the fresh material, and eventually die of old age.

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