"It's like the pile is a pet or something. And also especially if you have a pile that starts to become a home to visible animals, like salamanders or frogs or beetles, uh, worms. It's a very special feeling. You do have a little outdoor terrarium in that case. And... I don't know what about other people, but I take great joy in watching populations of insects and other animals ebb and flow in my pile depending on what's in there and what activity is fluctuating. It's uh, it's very special feeling."

BUT WHAT ABOUT COCKROACHES??? I love the idea of starting my own pile. Cockroaches are my main deterrent. The last time we had our own pile was more than 10 years ago and there were soooo many cockroaches!! Like, I get that they are people too 😂 but I don't want them for roommates! Any thoughts or reframing or practical tips for me?? Are cockroaches a good sign? Bad sign? Sign of anything? Is there a place I can put it or a way I can situate it that won't attract them? So I guess my problem is not that I hold the compost as precious but myself as precious 😂 😅 i need protection from cockroaches

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ooooh cockroaches are hard to befriend, thats one of those bugs that I still have a visceral reaction to, I had so many upsetting encounters with giant ones growing up in the tropics. But!

apparently they make amazing compost???

"blatticomposting" is a method that uses cockroaches and its faster than other methods and creates high-nutrient super clean compost, because there's antimicrobial enzymes in roach stomachs that kill pathogens?!!! here's a study on it: https://journalijecc.com/index.php/IJECC/article/view/2296/4528

I do think roaches are one of those things we kinda have to accept bc recycling waste is their jam and I imagine a compost pile is kinda like their heaven, but I still cringe just looking at pictures of roaches so I get it. I don't think I've seen any in my pile now that I think about it, but I'm careful about burying all the food scraps really well so it doesn't smell and attract too many critters, so maybe that helps?

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wow honestly that perspective does give me respect for them... I will have to look into this and also read the links from this podcast. hopefully will start a pile at some point and if and when that happens, will report back on whether it attracts cockroach neighbors. thank you for this! and maybe one day we will start composting our own human shit ahhh.... can you please try it first for us??? XD

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