I was alarmed, ALARMED I tell ya, to open up my bin today and see the soil just ROILING with these things when I began to turn the pile. THOUSANDS—not that I am counting. Yeah, I know they are beneficial digesters, but YUCK. I also have a VERY healthy earthworm population in the bin (somehow they don't seem so gross). The compost has come along very nicely this year; lots of turning, and I've been adding to it all summer, and now I think I'm going to stop because its a) full and b) getting cold.
So my question is: are these critters going to multiply? Its a closed bin. Is the bin going to be solid larvae in the spring? Can they just die off and add their nice little innards to the mix? Should I do anything? Guaranteed I'm not putting this on my plants as is
Edited to add: okay, calmer now after reading the recommended website ( blacksoldierflyblog.com ). It was the massive quantity of them that freaked me out. Maybe these little dudes are WHY my compost has digested so quickly lately. But still, if anyone can answer the above questions, I would appreciate it very much. Should I keep feeding them over the winter? I'm in the PNW, Portland, OR to be exact. It's probably not going to freeze.