How do I rid my compost of hundreds of huge cockroaches?

Are some compost bins better at managing cockroach numbers than others? Is lime an option?

Asked by Kellie Parkin

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  • Hi Kellie

    Adding lime could help to make your compost more balanced and healthy and the healhier the compost the less likely the cockroaches. Stirring your compost regularly will help, it disturbs the cockraoches and makes sure anywehre they are nesting in destroyed.

    Some compost bins seem to be worse for cockroaches like the Aerobins- although if managed well they won't have a problem either.

    The other thing to consider is where else the cockroaches are. If they are in your house or your neighbour's house you will need to address this first.

    Lauren

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  • yes, it depends on the type of compost system.
    the lime powder helps the acidity level which could be from anerobic(lack of air) bacteria.
    turning and watering help if done regularly or until problem is solved. borax mixed with honey placed where you find them congrigate can also discourage them from coming back
    :D

    Answered by Transition Bondi Lance
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  • Kellie: Turn your compost regularly, it may not be hot enough. Ensure there are no wadges of newspaper, cockies love to live/nest in those warm folds of paper.

    Answered by Michele Day
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