Main problems with a vermicomposter
|Smell of putrefaction||There is too much food.||Decrease food intake.|
|Ammonia smell||There is too much nitrogen-rich material. (green and fresh materials)||Balance the system by adding carbon-rich materials. (newsprint, dead sheets, shredded cardboard)|
|Smell of sulfur (rotten egg)||The litter is waterlogged and there is a lack of air at the bottom of the vermicomposter.||Add dry, shredded newsprint or cardboard. Open the lid and decrease the power supply for some time.|
|Worms come out of the vermicomposter||The litter is too wet or too acidic.||Add newspaper or cardboard as before, for acidity, add dried and powdered eggshells or a little wood ash.|
|Fruit fly||Food exposed to the open air attracts flies and allows them to lay their eggs.||Always cover the waste with a layer of litter. The use of beneficial nematodes and/or a little diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended.|
|Ant||The inside of the vermicomposter is too dry.||Coat the legs of the vermicomposter with Petroleum jelly and moisten the tanks|
Remember that vermicomposting remains a natural process. It is not an exact science. This guide aims to explain the mechanisms involved and offers you a method of use. Make your own experience, compare your contributions to understand and improve.