Fruit flies in my worm farm

by Roonie
(South Africa)

Question:


I started my worm farm at home and it seems like there is a lot of fruit flies in it. When I open the lid a lot of them are coming out of the worm farm.
I have layered the top with egg cartons and newspapers.

Is there something I'm doing incorrectly please help?

kind regards

Roonie



Answer:
Hello Roonie, I am sure you are doing a great job maintaining your bin and keeping your worms happy.

Fruit flies are attracted to fruit and as such can often be found in worm farms, compost heaps and worm bins.

Although they are essentially not harmful to the worms they can become a nuisance if they are allowed to multiply.


They can be identified by plump bodies that are usually pale brown or orange and a slow flight. They are between 1 to 2 mm / 64th to 32nd of an inch big.

Mature flies lay their eggs on the peels of fruit, especially bananas. Those eggs are to small to be recognized by the human eye. When the conditions are right (warm and humid) the flies hatch and can quickly multiply if the environment is to their liking.

Reducing fruit flies

There are a few ways to reduce or even eliminate the fruit fly population in your worm bin.

-----------

1.) Place all your fruit peels and rotting fruit that you want to add to the worm bin over night in a freezer before you put them into your worm bin. This will kill all eggs that are on the fruit and peels.

2.) Place the kitchen scraps for about 1 minute into a microwave oven to kill eggs that might be on the fruit and peels...

For more information about fruit fly control you should have a look at the article I wrote about the subject. Follow the link below and learn how to get rid of fruit flies and how to build low cost fruit fly traps.

http://www.worm-composting-help.com/fruit-flies.html

Kind regards

Stephan
www.worm.composing-help.com

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Questions about worm composting.

SearchSuchen


How to make

$ -MONEY - $

with earthworms! 

The Book 

"How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget 

Order from "Amazon" or the "Kindle" store from as little as

$7.47




Recent Articles

  1. Handzettel

    Jun 22, 17 06:32 AM

    Handzettel, Reklame und Werbeprospekte können in einer Wurmfarm kompostiert und in fruchtbaren Wurmhumus verwandelt werden.

    Read More

  2. Onions as worm food?

    Jun 21, 17 05:16 AM

    I have been told that feeding the left over onions to the worm farm isn't advised by several people is there any truth in this regards Lois (nz)

    Read More

  3. How to verify the earthworm species in your worm bin

    Jun 20, 17 04:56 AM

    Hi Stephan, Firstly, I would like to say that I really enjoyed reading your book. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting into the worm

    Read More




Free

"Worm Composting Help" Newsletter!

How worms recycle human manure

Use worms

against climate change





Wurmzucht gegen den Klimawandel



Recycling food waste with earthworms

Recycling von Essensresten


Start a worm business without having to buy worms

My book below explains in detail how to make money with earthworms!

Find out what actual customers had to say about the book



Dealing with Maggots in a worm farm


Your Questions about worm composting?

Do you have any questions or suggestions about worm composting?

This is the place where you can interact with us and other worm composting friends!

[ ? ]

Here yu can upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]

 

Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)