Problems with my worm farm

by Stephan
(Cape Town and Radevormwald)

Hello I am a bit worried about my worm farm. There are quite a lot of little flies? It looks not very nice. Is there not enough air in the worm farm because I don't see any holes in the sides of the containers?


Is it possible that the worm farm bedding is to wet or am I over feeding the worms? I am concerned that my worms might be dying?

What can I do to get rid of the flies? Any advise will be appreciated?



Answer:

Hello,

the tiny flies that you are mentioning could be either gnats or fruit flies. Fruit flies to have a plump body while gnats are looking similar to mosquitos. Both of these creatures are rather a nuisance than a threat to your worms. You can reduce the amount of fruit flies by placing the peels and left overs of fruit in the freezer before you add them to the worm farm as this kills the eggs of the fruit flies that have been placed on the peels of the fruit by the insects.

Gnats are attracted by fungi and moisture. They often show up in numbers when there is to much food in a worm farm. So it might be good to feed a little less for now and increase the amount of feeding as the worm herd in your worm farm is multiplying.

For more information about fruit flies and how to reduce their numbers please read my article about the subject ( http://www.worm-composting-help.com/fruit-flies.html )

I trust you will get on top of the problem.

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert
Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor of
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