These days, it can be very hard to find a roommate that's easy to get on with, and at the very least, respects the apartment. The last thing anyone wants is something that would make their living space even more uncomfortable, for instance, having a composting system to recycle food scraps, which would involve having worms somewhere in your home.
If you're hesitant about having Compottery because you're worried about having worms in your house, it's completely understandable. But, if you've ever had even one bad roommate in your life, you'll soon see that worms are not only preferable, they're a no-brainer.
1) Worms Stay In Their Room
There's nothing worse than a roommate who claims the entire apartment as their own. But, red wigglers? They stay where they belong. You don’t have to worry about them invading your personal space because as long as they are properly taken care of, they will never want to leave their home.
To make sure your red wigglers stay inside Compottery, don't overfeed them and take note if your Compottery starts to have a bad odor, which could mean there's mold developing. Overall, worms make the perfect environment for themselves through the vermicomposting process, and as long as you follow the composting guidelines, your worms won't try to take over your area.
2) Worms Clean The Apartment
Some roommates, unfortunately, don't clean up the apartment, let alone after themselves. But, this isn't the case with red wigglers. Not only do worms respect your space and are champions at being self-sufficient, they actually contribute to the cleaning process by composting your food scraps.
Best of all, if you happen to have a roommate that leaves their food scraps everywhere, your worms will happily clean them up for you, through vermicomposting.
3) Worms Don’t Borrow Your Stuff Without Asking
We've all had the roommate who doesn’t ask if they can borrow your stuff or eat your food. If this is something that bothers you, (who would it not bother?) you'll be glad to know that red wigglers love to mind their own business, although, they do love to eat your food! That being said, they only take what's given to them - in this case, food scraps - and they'll be delighted.
Though your worms won't be able to return these scraps when they are finished, they will take those scraps and turn them into something even better: Plants you can grow right out of your Compottery!
4) They're the One Pet You’re Allowed to Have
Despite the problems that can arise with a difficult roommate, it's nice to have some company at your side, even if that company can't talk, like a pet.
Most landlords add on fees for pets, or don't allow them at all. Maybe this is good for you, because perhaps you have allergies or you simply don't want to deal with a roommate that's going to bring their animal. But, for those who want to have a pet, it can take forever to find an apartment that permits them. This is after taking into consideration how much time goes into caring after a dog, cat or rabbit.
While red wigglers certainly aren't as cuddly as cats and dogs, they make great pets, and, they won't bother your roommate who maybe can't stand animals. Going out of town? No problem! Just throw your composting worms some food scraps before you leave and they'll be good for 2-3 weeks.
5) Worms Pay Their Bills
A roommate that doesn't pay their bills on time can be extremely stressful. Especially, if they are the ones using a larger portion of the utilities.
Luckily, red wigglers pay their bills. Or at least, they help you pay your bills.
Because you can grow herbs and small plants from the compost, the worms within your Compottery not only pay for themselves, but they'll give back over time. This is also due to the impact they'll help you to make on the environment, which can be something that's hard to ask from an ordinary roommate.
Red wigglers are by far the furthest thing from a freeloader!
6) Worms Don’t Waste Anything
Speaking of paying bills, red wigglers don’t waste anything. That's good news compared to some roommates who can't follow a chore chart on the day it's their turn to take out the garbage.
Due to this, it won't be long until you'll start to notice how much money and resources you'll save by having Compottery in your home. Part of living a zero-waste sustainable lifestyle means re-using what you have and giving it back to the earth. Only red wigglers can do this is such an efficient, clean, and natural way.
Allowing worms to live in your home is often the biggest reason why people haven't started their composting journey. But, most of the time, you won't even know they are there. If you want to learn more about red wigglers, their environment, and why Compottery can be a great transition to an eco-friendly lifestyle, contact Jessica today!