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					                     Worm Bin Troubleshooting
   The chart below is very helpful in answering many of the
  questions that might arise when first setting up a worm bin.

                                  Worm Bin Troubleshooting
         Problems                     Causes                              Solutions
                             Overfeeding                 Stop feeding for two weeks

                             Food scraps exposed         Bury food completely
Bin smells bad
                             Bin too wet                 Mix in dry bedding; leave lid off

                             Not enough air              Fluff bedding; drill holes in bin
                             Food scraps exposed         Bury food completely

                             Rotten food                 Cover with bedding
Bin attracts flies
                             Too much food; especially   Don't overfeed worms
                             citrus
                             Bin too wet                 Mix in dry bedding; leave lid off

                             Bin too dry                 Thoroughly dampen bedding

                             Extreme temperatures        Move bin where temperature is between 55
Worms are dying
                                                         and 77 degrees F

                             Not enough air              Fluff bedding; drill holes in bin

                             Not enough food             Add more bedding and food
                             Bin conditions not right    See solutions above

Worms crawling away                                      Leave lid off and worms will burrow back
(very rare)                                              into bedding
                             Excess vibration
                                                         Eliminate vibrations
Mold forming                 Conditions too acidic       Cut back on citrus fruits
Bedding drying out           Too much ventilation        Dampen bedding; keep lid on
                             Poor ventilation            Leave lid off for a couple of days; add dry
                                                         bedding
Water collecting in bottom
of bin
                             Too many watery scraps      Cut back on coffee grounds and scraps with
                                                         high water content

				
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