I’ve been feeding my worms once every few days, and this time when I went to feed them (zucchini and yellow squash was on the menu), I noticed hundreds of tiny white things in the bin. “Are those worm eggs?” I thought with excitement. They were very small, round, and white. No, they couldn’t be worm eggs because I noticed they were slowly moving. Are those baby worms?? I had no idea what a baby worm looked like, however, after a quick Goodsearch, I learned that baby worms look like small worms- not like tiny white dots. Uh oh.
I found that these little guys are most likely white mites according to this source. They thrive in high moisture conditions, and in the case of worm bins, they are an indication of overfeeding. Whoops. White mites can also be an indication of a declining pH. Oh no!
The good news is that they are not harmful to the red wigglers. But still, I don’t want a white mite bin. I want a worm bin and preferably one where the pH allows my worms to survive. Therefore, I removed the most recent meal of zucchini and squash, and I picked out the scraps where most of the white mites seemed to be congregated. In order to further remediate the situation, I’m going to put my worms on a diet, and when I do feed them again I’ll try to raise the pH a bit. Worms like a pH of about 7. Since I don’t have a way to measure pH, I’ll have to experiment to get the right concoction. I added a sprinkle of baking soda, and the next time we use an egg, I’ll add the egg shell to my bin. I knew that a worm bin would take some trial and error before I got it right; let’s just hope that after some trial and error I do eventually get it right.