Bins 2 & 3, Update 17. The weather over the last week or so has been hot. High 80’s into the 90’s during the day, in the low 80’s at night. Last update(16) the bin temperature inside the bins read in the 80 degree range. I thought there was something wrong with the compost thermometer I was using. That prompted me to use a digital one from the kitchen.
What a surprise to discover how accurate it was. The worm bin soil temperature readings were 86 degrees F for both bins. That might explain why the waste hasn’t been consumed at the rate it usually is. And also maybe why I’ve seen worms trying to escape the bin several times.
My issue is where to put the worms for a cooler temperature. I have no other place to put them when it gets hot like this. Not sure what to do. I do have a fan blowing on the bins but don’t have much confidence it will help. Since they aren’t’ consuming at the rate they usually do a lot of items are getting a little foul.
I also noticed the other insects in there didn’t seem to be as active as usual. I’ve brought these into the living room during hurricanes. The problem with that are the fruit flies and spiders that invade the house when I do. Plus there is no space for them. Currently the living room is full of items from storage that we’re sorting through. I’ll check the temperature in a few days then next week to see how the bins have advanced since this update. -13