Our community began an organics composting program, and we participate. We put our compostables in paper bags. At first, the proliferation of maggots (which we presume to be fly larvae) was off-putting due to being socialized to associate them with death and dirtiness, but we got used to them. We appreciate composting instead of sending our organics to a landfill and so consider them part of the process. At present, we don’t try to deter them. We choose not to put food waste in separate, sealable compost bags due to cost and inconvenience factors, but we could consider different choices based on additional facts, and our feelings and needs.
After the bin is emptied by the organics recycler weekly, in summer there are still dozens to hundreds of the white, worm-like larvae remaining in the bin bottom and clinging to the sides. To prevent odor and food build-up, we rinse out the bin after the recycler empties it, and this washes the larvae into the street and/or into the storm sewer to the local watershed. Considering options of what to do with the larvae each week is our interest.
- We could leave them be: Not sure how they fare on the days after our compost bin is emptied by the service and there is no organic material in the bin with them for a few days.
- We could collect them from the bin (they are relatively easy to empty en masse before washing the bin) and do something with them, such as:
- Relocate them within our yard
- Put them in a feeder for the birds
- Or keep washing them out of the bin to the street and/or local watershed
What are your ideas or what are considerations you find compelling? How do the organisms (in larval state and as hatched adults)-- and our actions–affect the yard? The organics recycling program is not mandatory and 50-70% of our neighbors participate. We will probably make an iNat observation of the larvae next summer, now that we are learning to tolerate and appreciate them more. Thank you for your interest.