mary yett wrote:I am interested in figuring out why I have so many fruit flies in my worm bin. I started with just a few worms from a friend, so I knew it would take time for their numbers to build. Now there are lots of nice,fat,active worms.
I was afraid I might have been overfeeding the worms, so I tried not feeding them at all for a month.During this period, their numbers continued to gradually increase.They have a very deep, damp torn paper litter layer on top. The room has been cool, but it is warming up now the sun is stronger. The bin is a large plastic tub with lots of air holes and it is raised up on feet with drainage holes.
Any ideas what I can do to reduce the numbers of fruit flies?
S Bengi wrote:I use a three bin system.
The middle bin is where I place the current food scrap for a month. At the end of the month I move this middle bin to the top and cover it with dry shredded newspaper. when this paper gets wet from moisture in the bin around the middle of the month I then add some more shredded newspaper. At the end of the month I move it to the bottom and let it sit for another month at which point it is now finish and I just harvest it and return the empty bin to the middle again.
As long as I keep the top of the bin covered and the flies have no access to food scrap I have no/very little flies.
Also if I dont over feed the worms I dont have a excess moisture/smell/white worm problem.
I have alot of seed that sprout in my top bin, I have been wondering if there is a way to grow something in the side of the bottom bin to use up the extra moisture, so that I can "overfeed" my worm.
Supposedly my bin can hold 5.5lbs of worms in the top bin, 3.5lbs in the middle, and 1lbs in the bottom bin for a total of 10lbs.
I started off with just 1lbs 6months ago, so it is going to take me a while to get to that 10lbs. but once I do, I will be able to just trash the bottom bin and not worry about harvesting the 1lbs of worm. I wonder how long it will take me to get to that 10lbs make? 4 cycles/12 months, the double every 3months, so 3m=2lbs, 6m=4lbs, 9m=8lbs, 12m=10lbs
S Bengi wrote:For the superstrom in October, I bought alot of flour products, I did not want to get, all that unhealty stuff so it ended up in the worm bin. That was a big no-no for me. Right now all I really feed them is onion/garlic, kale/collard, squash, carrots, celery, parsnip, spinach/swisschard/beet, pepper/tomatoes and sometimes banana peel + lots of newspaper. I wish I has enough worms to feel them my scraps from the the bean, grain, and rose(fruit) family. I still have to landfill over 80% of my compost-able food,
Zach Whingnut wrote:When you guys talk about tiny white worms do you mean the threads? The only tiny white worms I'm seeing in my bins are Threads ( baby worms). They are about 1/4" to 1/2" and thread like.
Ollie Puddlemaker wrote:
Golly, that is something I didn't know, I thought I'd read somewhere that alliums and peppers, well, maybe it meant hot peppers were all a big 'No-No'... Landfilling so much...all that good, wonderful compostable material would drive me to tears...