To put aphids in compost?

Asked July 6, 2020, 6:35 PM EDT

My lettuce has been growing indoors since the weather was turning hot. However, they have now bolted. They had aphids on the leaves so I washed and harvested them. It is OK to put the soil into my compost pit? I am reading conflicting information. One comment says if there are no roots left in the soil I can put it in the pit and the aphids will leave. There might be some other roots in the pit. Another writes not to use that soil. Where should I put the soil?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- you can dump the growing mix in the compost pit/pile and chop through it with a shovel or fork to disrupt and reduce the aphid colony. The spent lettuce plants will decompose and the aphids will not survive in the compost.
Jon