My compost is looking really good. It's not 'finished' yet, but almost there. It's a dark color, etc. I have seen tons of these little itty bitty black flies (like knats or fruit flies?) in the back yard. I had lots of them hovering and inside the compost bin.
I have never seen these before, I'm guessing maybe it's due to the very mild winter we had. Now I see lots of these teeny-weeny, lil white thingys in the compost bin. They fly although I haven't seen wings on them (yet?). Is it okay to have these tiny bugs in my compost bin? I wanted to give some compost to my neighbor, but now I'm worrying she won't like these tiny white bugs in it. (I wasn't sure if they're the babies of the lil black flies or not) Am I over-reacting or not? Should I try and dry out the compost and hope these white bug thingys fly away?
I just want to know if my neighbor would be turned off if she noticed these teeny-tiny white bug thingys in my compost. Hurry please, this is serious!!!! I
I have tons of other creepy crawlies in my worm compost bins. It is just part of the cycle. It could be any kind of fly larvae but nothing that is going to harm your compost. Sometimes if I've added a little too much fruit or wet matter to my bins, I'll get more than normal, but once it dries up a little, they subside.
I would just ask your neighbor if she minds the bugs in her compost. If she is an experienced gardener, she should know that it's the living things in it that makes it compost in the first place. If she doesn't want it, there's more for you!
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