Compost Bugs – If you build it, they will come

Q: I have three big compost piles but the only thing I see in there are pill bugs. Where do I get insects for my piles?

A: My rule for getting bugs into compost is “Build It and They Will Come”. If the pile is occasionally turned and if it’s not kept soggy, insects, earthworms and other decomposers will happily make it their home. Consider mixing in a layer of thin twigs to help make openings in the compost where bugs can dwell and reproduce.