Fungus Gnat Invasion

Well, it seems the slow population growth of my ‘4 worm experiment‘ bin worms has left the door wide open for other compost organisms. When I opened the bin up last week for a watering I noticed a fair number of small maggots on some of the rotting waste materials. Digging around some more I realized that the entire bin was LOADED with them – they were everywhere! I wasn’t 100% sure what they were, but suspected they were a variety of fungus gnat.

Something that suddenly dawned on me was the fact that house would likely be crawling with adults within a couple of days! Sure enough – when I checked back a day or two later, the bin was absolutely covered with gnats, both outside and in – and there were quite a few buzzing around my basement office (where the bin is kept) as well.

On the bright side, I DID also happen to notice that there were quite a few young worms in the bin, so hopefully within the next couple months I’ll finally have a normal vermicomposting system! I’m really interested to see what sort of vermicompost I can make with it (since it is a stackable bin).

Oh yeah – almost forgot! HAPPY EARTH DAY everybody!

[tags]worm bin, fungus gnats, red worms, vermicomposting, vermicompost, worm compost[/tags]

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    • Steve Bichlmeier
    • July 12, 2013

    I am covering all entries with panty-hose to my worm bin. Gorilla Duct Tape for the adhesive. The wife was ready to throw out my in-home, coveted worm bin unless I took some action. The little buggers were everywhere. I think the fungus gnats got their start when I added mulberries as a food supply without freezing them first. I had thousands around the bin area and restricted the food supply as a first step. A really thick layer of shredded cardboard on top seemed to help too.

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