I was told chickens love maggots, if you happen to have any around. In the composting class I took they said not to worry about maggots. I know they are disgusting, but I would just turn the pile and know they are doing their part to break down all the stuff into compost. I would not try to kill anything, you may kill the very critters doing the job for you.
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Manditerrier1, after you add food scraps, especially fruit, cover the top of the pile with dried (carbon) items like dried leaves, dried grass, hay, straw, peanut shells, etc. This will keep the flies off the food scraps. Wait a few days and repeat the process, water, turn and top with more food scraps and dried items. I find this works well for a small to medium (not huge) compost pile that is workable. You will have every kind of insect in there and just know they are all beneficial, they all contribute to the breaking down of the natural items you put in - they help the process. The large insects (beetles and even maggots) will not be found in the finished product - only the raw unfinished compost. Turn frequently. Sorry if I spelled your username wrong.
This process will keep the odor down.
Edited by: AVAUGHAN21 at: 8/8/2012 (21:04)
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What I thought was roaches, I saw in the day light and they were actually beetles. I always put my fruit rinds in the compost bin. So fruit flies came along and laid eggs. One day I open the lid and I had, hundreds of maggots in my compost bin. ::shivers:: remembering the horrible sight.
So I boiled a pan of water and poured it into the bin and killed them all. Probably killed some other beneficial insects in the process. I just couldn't stand the thought of seeing that every time I opened the compost bin. It is something I will not soon forget. ::shudders::
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Yuck. I'm tempted to add diatomaceous earth just for prevention, even though my years-old pile has never had that problem. It'll kill the slugs that the website suggested I want, too, won't it? (actually, I don't see many slugs or snails in my pile - I think it runs a little dry - I have TONS of big happy earthworms, though!)
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It is normal to find bugs of many types in compost, worms, millipeds, centapeds and rolypoly bugs are the most common. Beetles are also frequently in compost, many beetles look similare to roaches. Look carefully next time you stir it to be sure. If they are roaches you could try adding dichotomous earth to your bin.
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