July 9, 2021
I started a straw bale compost pile in late January that is ready for screening. It is full of what I think are sow bugs. I’m concerned that the bugs will damage my plants. What shall I do?
Answer from JZ: As you screen the sow bugs will scatter to safety. They prefer damp, dark places, so from my point of view, not a problem.
If your setup was a hot process pile, then the compost ought to go through a 4-6wk., finishing / curing process. You could cure in a trash can composter as described in Homemade Bins under Composting Info on our website.
That would also, give the insects time to scatter.