Dealing with dog poop is probably one of the things every dog owner dreads! There are indeed millions
of nicer topics to talk about than dog waste or dog shit (sorry for using that word but it is what it is)!
But lets face it every proud owner of a German Shepherd, Jack Russel, Husky or any other breed will have to make a plan to get rid of his or her best friends waste.
After all dog feces can be annoying, smelly and even the cause of disease. There are a lot of bacteria in dog waste including E. coli, and salmonella.
Probably the most common way to deal with dog waste is to send the children into the garden or backyard on a regular basis to scoop up the smelly piles and throw them into the rubbish bin.
This way we get rid of the problem in our backyard but the animal waste would still be dumped on the municipal landfill sites and pose a threat to the communal health.
A much better way to deal with dog waste is to use earthworms or better composting worms to convert the dog shit into nutrient rich worm castings.
Dog shit, is in an excellent food source for earthworms. Worms don’t have teeth and can only feed on soft decomposing materials.
We have a worm bin or as I call it a “Pet poop com-poster” in the backyard that has been running
exclusively on dog poop for close to 9 years now.
The worms seem to be happy and their breeding activity in those worm bins is exceptional.
Some of the benefits of using compost worms to recycle your dog poop are:
- No bad odors in the back yard or garden (healthy worm bins never smell)
- ·Reduction of waste rotting on landfill sites
- ·Constant production of worms that will recycle organic wasteMore than 20 worm cocoons on a tiny space in a dog waste worm bin
- Production of worm castings which can be used to fertilize flowers, trees and lawns, but should not be used to feed fruit and vegetables.
- Constant production of worms that can be sold for extra income
- Constant supply of fat worms for freshwater fishing