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Oct 21, 2017 7:09 AM CST
Alton, Illinois
Lately I have been noticing some kind of worms or larvae in my compost when I go out to add to it and turn it over. I can even hear these things making a smacking noise (so gross) and it almost smells like sewer. They're about a half to three quarters of an inch long and a tan color. They just showed up one day. Is this right?
Oct 21, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Compost should not stink, it's probably too wet with too much green material.
Turn the compost pile and add more brown material (leaves). Should be 2 to 3 times brown material to green.
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Oct 21, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Alton, Illinois
Craw garden,
You're probably right. I've noticed it is pretty wet. I'll try the leaves because I have enough of them for sure. Thank you for the tip. I'll do that.
Oct 22, 2017 6:40 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Sounds like black soldier fly larvae.They are completely beneficial (but gross
looking, I admit) and like a very wet compost. They are very good at eating fresh kitchen waste. I first noticed them after getting large amounts of coffee grounds, but now they are yearly.
Plant it and they will come.
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