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Got home from work today and my porch in the shade is over a 100 degrees. My garage is in the same boat. I have no where to store them. I have to think of something fast or I will loose them all...

Yesterday there were maggots. Not sure how they got in there. I NEVER feed the worms dairy or meat products. In fact the last 3 weeks all they have had is whole grain bread, watermelon, and cheerios. Last night I threw in a rotting piece of fruit and the maggots swarmed it in a matter of minutes. I pulled it out and deposited them in the trashcan. I counted at least 50 maggots! Tomorrow I will add some more rotting fruit and see if I can get the rest out.

Any Suggestions.

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Comment by rom mendoza on July 14, 2009 at 10:27pm
Though unpleasant, I don't believe that fly maggots should be too much a problem in an outdoor bin, The castings left behind are still beneficial to the worms. I guess the downside would be them taking over and having a lot of flies buzzing around.

I noticed you are in TX. Are they Black Soldier Flies? We don't get these types of flies up here where I am but I wish we did. A lot of people are using these for composting because of the large volume of household waste they can consume in a short period of time. This type of fly is not known to transmit disease or pathogens to humans. They don't generally go into your home like other flies since they don't need to eat when in the adult form (don't even have mouth parts). They live as an adult fly for only a few days, lay eggs and die.

If they're the common house fly then you probably don't want a lot of them around. Not sure you're going to get all the maggots but putting landscape fabric over the top of your bin to keep flies from laying more eggs might help.

As for heat, a lot of people freeze a bottle of water or a zip lock bag and put it in their bin.
Comment by Element on July 14, 2009 at 10:55pm
Thanks for the tips.

I believe they are soldier flies. From the descriptions I have ready, they look them.
Comment by Element on July 14, 2009 at 11:02pm
Did some research and it looks I have black soldier fly maggots. It says they tend to heat up your compost bin. Would adding a frozen bottle /bag help me out. The sites also said its hard to get rid of them. Any suggestions on how to remove them or should I just leave them...
Comment by Eve on July 15, 2009 at 5:15am
A Frozen bottle will help a lot.

You could just leave them and they will eventually hatch out. They are self harvesting, check out YouTube there are plenty of videos on how to make ramps for them to leave the bin.

Grains and cereals tend to heat up a bin too, add them in limited amounts. Rice is particularly bad.
Comment by Element on July 15, 2009 at 6:46am
I have a bottle that I can use I will freeze one today. So should I put the frozen bottle directly into the top clean layer of newspaper or should I put in a new tray that is still empty and put the frozen bottle in there?
Comment by rom mendoza on July 15, 2009 at 10:20pm
It should go into your working tray, no need for a new one. If you can get it under the top layer of newspaper right into the bedding that's where it will do the most good. The worms should be able to move away from it if it's colder than their liking.


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