The worms’ escape.

A pilot product has most of time surprising news at one moment. Well our pilot wormcompost bin had one that we actually didn’t expect at all! The worms escaped last night…! Two of our volunteers saw worms next to the bin and even a few meters from it… Not very appealing! Neither attractive! It’s kind of a bad surprise… So we needed to look for the reason: why are the worms escaping?

First possibility, which is probably in our situation the most relevant reason: the worms are the wrong worms for indoor composting! The webshop where we bought them didn’t mention the 1kg worms was a mix of two kinds of worms. Eisenia Hortensis worms are worms that have a tendency to crawl (dixit Cityplot). These are active and quite aggressive worms (not that they’ll bite.. They’re still worms!). These type of worms are more suitable for outside composting. But the worms that are the most suitable are Eisenia Fetida, which are calmer and don’t have a tendency to crawl out of a bin…

Second possibility, which also has a role in our situation: the worms aren’t used to their new environment yet. Even if the moist level, the darkness and the food were in each bin on a good level, it may be possible the worms didn’t like it yet and wanted to search a better place. They haven’t acclimate to the bin yet and need some more time.

Third possibility: the shape of the pilot wormcompost bin might not have been the smartest one. It might not be the main reason of the worm’s escape but it can have had a role in this extraordinary escape…

We’ve learned our first lesson from the pilot. We’re not compost gurus so it was a very, very good lesson! We’re at the moment looking for a better option for our pilot and hope to try out our pilot 2.0 very soon!