I have great homemade compost from my outside garden. I want to use it, in conjunction with some store-bought seed Starter soil, to start seeds and to propagate forsythias. I'm afraid if I bring the compost inside, I'll introduce bugs and insects into my home. But I'm afraid if I pasturize my compost, I'll destroy all the good things on the micro level. What should I do? When I bring a garden plants from outside into my house to overwinter, I submerge the potted plant on the water in my bathtub overnight to drowned some of the bigger insects like potato bug and so forth. Would that work with my compost.
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It might work, but it might be difficult to get the compost dry again- it might become too soggy to use, although mixing it with enough of the seed starter soil might solve this.
Another technique for this is to spread the compost in a thin layer on a tarp an put it in direct sun on a hot day. The heat will either kill the bugs or get them to migrate out of the compost.