Ptiliidae Featherwing Beetle Treatment #611164 - Ask Extension


Ptiliidae Featherwing Beetle Treatment #611164

Asked January 22, 2020, 4:30 PM EST

I believe I have super tiny Ptiliidae Featherwing beetles in my indoor vermicompost bin. I'm hoping to find a treatment option to get rid of them that is safe for my composting worms.

Hennepin County Alaska

Expert Response

I don't know anything you can do to rid them from your worm composter that won't harm the worms.  On the other hand, I see them as beneficial as they are helping break down food scraps and other organic matter.
Stephen Brown Replied January 22, 2020, 5:52 PM EST
Thank you for your quick response to my question.
They’d be welcome if it was located outside. Flying through my house and dying on the windowsills isn't welcome.
The Question Asker Replied January 22, 2020, 11:19 PM EST

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