seaweed infested with bugs

I just started to fill my new raised beds in preparation for next spring. I started with 1/2 composted horse manure then went to the beach & found dried seaweed & added that. While giving it a little mix I noticed the seaweed was infested with bugs. I don't want to have to truck it away & start again! How can I get rid of the bugs without using chemicals of course. If I composted the pile & got a good heat going would that kill the bugs? What should I do? Thanks

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Oct 12, 2010
Seaweed bugs
by: George Harding

It would be interesting to know the type of bugs you are questioning. As a "Seaweedphobic" I have been using it as a fertiliser, soil conditioner, foliar feed and bug deterrent etc since starting my first organic garden in 1966. I have now initiated 9 more gardens all over NZ due to a 25 year RNZAF career requiring 18 house changes. The most common bug I find is "Sand Hoppers" which are not a problem as they die off very quickly and contribute to the "biota" in your compost heap
Happy composting
George

Aug 13, 2018
SEAWEED BUG BITE
by: Anonfymous

MY WIFE WAS AT THE BEACH IN RI MISQUAMICUT AND WAS BITTEN BY A BUG IN THE SEAWEED AND NOW THREE DAYS LATER IT IS SWOLLEN AND RED AND GETTING BIGGER,DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT KIND OF BUG IT IS AND REMEDY FOR THE AFFECTED AREA. THANK YOU

Aug 14, 2018
Bitten by sand bug NEW
by: ~ Megan

Sounds nasty, and if it gets much worse and particularly if red streaks start appearing under skin and spreading out, then it could be infected - so off to Dr. I would be remiss trying to give medical advice, but hopefully she just has a sand flea or spider bite, which can itch but is not dangerous.

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