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Waterbugs in my Compost

I was going mixing up my compost and when I got to the bottom of it I noticed a whole bunch of brown waterbugs or Cockroach looking bugs in my compost. I will try to get a pic the next time I see them, I poured some Vinegar in to the whole where they came from and it seemed to work( I know I just changed the Acidity of my soil in that spot) the vinegar seems to work but does anyone know of any other way to get rid of them?
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Could they have been a Black Soldier Flies?

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DoubleDogFarm wrote:Could they have been a Black Soldier Flies?

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No they looked like water bugs or cockroaches and they moved like them too.

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I think waterbugs are basically a kind of giant cockroach. Like regular cockroaches they are detritivores and are part of the decomposition process. So you really don't need to get rid of them out of your compost pile. They will be in hog heaven there with kitchen scraps and all kinds of stuff to feed on and won't be likely to leave it to go anywhere else.

I haven't seen the big ones, but my compost pile always has a few of the regular cockroaches. I keep the compost pile a good ways from my house, just to be sure they aren't encouraged to come inside. But in the compost pile is where they belong and they are doing their job, helping make compost,.
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PS The big cockroaches I think are called waterbugs, even though they are not aquatic, because they only live in moist places and are often seen coming out of sink drains, etc.

It may be that you are keeping your compost pile a bit too moist. If you let it dry out a little more, or put a cover over it to keep rain out, the waterbugs might move out on their own. You want your compost pile damp ("like a wrung out sponge" is what people always say), but not soggy.

And they will leave when there is nothing more for them to eat. My working compost pile always has a few cockroaches in it, but my finished compost never does. By the time the compost is finished, there is nothing more in it that interests them and they have moved on to greener pastures (like found where the working pile, where kitchen scraps are being added is).
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Thank you for replying to my question I am going to let my compost do its own natural thing now that i know waterbugs are good for it. Thanks again

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One time I was turning my compost pile over. I put all the newer/ unfinished stuff to be the bottom of a new pile, leaving just the finished/ almost finished stuff to finish up and be used. As soon as I set up the new pile with the unfinished stuff, a cockroach came crawling out of the old pile, walked across to where the new pile was and disappeared in to it. I found that oddly reassuring, like it knew where its place was.
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