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I am going to sign a new lease on Friday and the lease states that I can't have pets including "mammals, birds, reptiles and insects". I want to compost in the garage using worms... So what do you think?
 

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Nope, worms are not insects. They aren't even closely related. Plus, I don't think the worms in compost count as pets -- if they did, wouldn't the bacteria in the compost count as pets too? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Go for it! Worms are definitely not insects.<br><br>
Would they kick you out if you have moth larvae in your cornmeal, or silverfish under the bathroom sink? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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How would they know you have worms in the compost?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Does that mean you can have frogs and toads? I guess they wanted to say "tenants can only have fish", but by not adding amphibians, you could get away with having a cute little frog too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I wouldn't worry about it. They aren't likely to escape and if they did, they wouldn't survive long. I wouldn't say anything about it though.. most mainstream people have an adverse knee jerk reaction to anything involving worms.<br>
I don't know for sure, but I don't think worms are generally considered insects.. they are invertebrate animals but I don't know if the word insect would accurately apply to earthworms.. Some insects have larval stages that are worms but that's different. Just like centipedes, spiders and scorpions aren't insects either.. they have their own classification..<br><br>
I'd just keep my worm box on the down low.. Good for you for composting!! Worm boxes rock!
 

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Oh good. I think I have been so excited about getting pet worms, I got worried when I read the lease. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I didn't think they were insects either but after what the owner put us through getting to the point where we could sign the lease, I was a little nervous about asking them.<br><br>
And alas, no frogs either. I just forgot to mention fish and amphibians. -I was also pretty sure worms were neither of those either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh, and I completely plan on keeping quiet about the worms. The garage is detached, the only place they could go is the garden.
 

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to be an insect it has to have 6 legs and worms have no legs!<br><br>
before using a worm bin you may want to read this <a href="http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html" target="_blank">http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">to be an insect it has to have 6 legs and worms have no legs!<br><br>
before using a worm bin you may want to read this <a href="http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html" target="_blank">http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html</a></div>
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Thanks for the information. DH is actually from Phila so I will be extra careful if we move there.<br><br>
I will take care to make sure the worms don't get out of the enclosure. The idea was to keep them to get rid of all the extra veggie scraps that I don't use. Where I live, recycling is atrociously difficult so I am trying to find ways to recycle despite living where I do. I was a little sad to see that composting materials without worms took so long because I do use a lot of veggies and I don't think I would be able to compost them all without help.
 

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wow, that's fascinating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I never knew so much about earthworms. We live in south Texas, so it's not a big deal here, lol. Our worms in our gardens are plentiful. And the kids love to dig them up and play with them. Poor little guys.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">And alas, no frogs either. I just forgot to mention fish and amphibians. -I was also pretty sure worms were neither of those either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br></div>
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No fish, either? Do they have an explanation for this strict pet code?
 

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Can you get the landlord to add a line that he will guarentee there will be no insects in the apartment when you get there -- or ever! (Think cockroaches) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the information. DH is actually from Phila so I will be extra careful if we move there.<br><br>
I will take care to make sure the worms don't get out of the enclosure. The idea was to keep them to get rid of all the extra veggie scraps that I don't use. Where I live, recycling is atrociously difficult so I am trying to find ways to recycle despite living where I do. I was a little sad to see that composting materials without worms took so long because I do use a lot of veggies and I don't think I would be able to compost them all without help.</div>
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where i live there are so many earth worms that i will probably have a worm bin myself at some point, i have no yard to put a compost pile in. but i think it is good for people to know about the damage earthworms can do when not native. in many places the damage is done i guess. i hate throwing away things like cucumber peels when they can be composted though
 

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And alas, no frogs either. I just forgot to mention fish and amphibians. -I was also pretty sure worms were neither of those either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br></div>
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That's such bizarre wording! Why don't they simply say: NO ANIMALS OF ANY KIND ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Not only are worms not insects, they aren't PETS. Ergo, I think you are absolutely fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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