Should there be flies around my compost ??

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  1. Donna S

    Donna S Hardy Maple

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    Just checked my first compost. Should there be flies around it? It does not smell bad. I was amazed at the heat that came out the door when I opened it.



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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Donna, it may not smell bad but there is something in the bin that the flies like to eat. The flies will lay eggs and the cycle of egg-larva-pupa-young fly-adult starts over again. You need to interrupt this 14 day cycle to effectively control flies. Good compost practices such as covering material before inclusion in the compost bin, shredding material so none is larger than 2 inches and turning the material every 2 to 3 days will produce conditions unfavorable to fly reproduction. Good luck.

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    Thanks Jerry. I am learning and will over come. I put more brown matter on top and flys went away. I bought a used food processor at a junk shop to chop up veggie matter and a paper shredded to take care of paper stuff.
    No colored ink , right?
    And I have lots of grass clippings each week. Any advice you can give will be put to good use. Going to visit worm farm tomorrow. Never thought I'd be excited about a worm farm. I guess I am just older then dirt.
     
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    Maggots-flies are some of natures janitors.

    IMO they work for just about free...
     

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