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Rat tailed maggots .......help

 
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We have a low flush composting toilet with worms, the last few days we have some unwelcome swimmers coming up, how do we get rid of these, but not kill our worms??
 
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Rat tailed maggots are the lava of hoverflies, a common one to find in sewage is (according to wiki) Eristalis tenax There's no need to kill them and your garden will love you if you don't.


 
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If they stayed on the composting side, it would be ok, but they are swimming up into the toilet bowl!
 
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These maggots are swimming up through the trap?
I wonder what is drawing them?
Is there light entering via the drain?
Could you add a tee and a vent to draw them up and out?

This site describes a trap for flies :
https://www.omick.net/composting_toilets/bucket_barrel_toilet.htm

It's based on drawing them toward the light.

 
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Earth worms in the compost would eat the eggs wouldn't they?
 
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And here i thought the topic must have been about politicians!!

LOL!
Never heard of rat tailed maggots!!  so i am happy to learn something new!
 
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Thank you for advice, we had never heard of them before either, and poor hubby nearly died when he saw something swimming in the loop 🤣🤣🤣 Google identified them! There is no obvious light other than from toilet as we do leave the lid open usually, but it is quite a few metres away. Hubby has been fly spraying with pyrethrin meantime! We are about 3 years in and these are new! The worms are doing a pretty good job on their own! We have an aquatron type arrangement for seperating and 4 chambered collection unit!
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