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Vermithought for the day

One of the best things I ever did to improve my vermicomposting process was putting my weekly food scraps in the freezer for a few hours before adding them to my Worm Inn later.

It’ll keep the bugs down and it’ll help decompose the scraps a bit more through the freeze/thaw activity.

If you’re having bug issues in the summer, I recommend checking out my video How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap For Under Two Dollars .

How are your worms doing?

Maybe it’s time for a video.

Fruit Fly Summer

It’s the middle of summer with temperatures rising up to 100F, and it seems that no matter how experienced the composter, at some point bugs will make their way into the house.

In the kitchen and the basement next to the worm composting system, I have fruit fly traps set up that do the trick…for 95% of fruit flies.

However, there’s those stubborn few that seem to knowingly avoid going in the jar and will reproduce at light speed just to annoy me.

How do I take care of this?

In the kitchen, I simply take out my food scraps more often.  This takes away all the fun from the bugs.

I also scrubbed the floor and walls, which believe it or not helped immediately!  Clearly I don’t do it enough.

There were definitely some splash marks on the wall behind the shelf where I use a janky food processor to make hummus and a juicer to make my daily juice.

As for the worm system in the basement- I let them do their thing until I want to add food scraps to the system.  As ridiculous as it sounds, I like to use a small vacuum to suck them up.  It takes a few minutes, but once you clear the way it makes it easy to do your thing.

The chances of getting all of them is hit or miss, but over time you’ll win with this method.  Any bugs that get out of the system seem to always make their way into the fruit fly trap.

I have to ask- do you have any other tricks for getting rid of fruit flies?  I’d love to hear what works and doesn’t work for you.

Stay cool!

-tyler

Worm Inn Fruit Fly Trap

Worm Inn with Fruit Fly Trap

In the warmer months, I have challenges with fruit flies surrounding my Worm Inn from time to time.  The key is to pay attention to the moisture level inside the Worm Inn and cover your deposits with bedding materials to keep them to a minimum.

I decided to try putting my fruit fly trap on top of the Inn instead of on the ground beneath it.  I found that I caught nearly all the fruit flies overnight by having it on top!

If you haven’t made a fruit fly trap before, they’re really quick and cheap to make.

All you need is:

-A jar
-A few drops of dish soap
-1 cup of apple cider vinegar (wine works, too)
-A piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover the opening of the jar

Pour one cup of apple cider vinegar (or wine) into the jar.  Add a few drops of dish soap and put the plastic wrap over the opening of the jar.  Poke a few holes into it so the flies can enter.  They’re attracted to the smell of the vinegar/wine, and will go for it.  The soap makes the surface a bit thicker and the flies are caught.

Happy composting/fly catching!

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap For Under Two Dollars (video)

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap For Under Two Dollars

Do you ever have a problem with fruit flies in the warmer months?  From time to time, my worm composting system tends to attract them and I wanted to share with you how I handle them.  I don’t think this is an uncommon occurrence and the solution is easy and cheap.

Before creating the trap, my first suggestion is to pay attention to moisture levels, as fruit flies are attracted to moisture.  It’s a bit tricky though, because your worms consist mostly of water and need it to survive.  An easier route is to stop adding food to the worm system for a week or two, and add a layer of fresh shredded cardboard and paper on top.

Another way to handle the fruit flies is to get them with a vacuum cleaner.  After a few days of sucking them up, you’ll probably catch just about all of them.  It’s a little funny, but it does work.

If you are experiencing fruit flies from other sources such as your bowl of fruit in the kitchen, you may want to create your own fruit fly trap, which will cost less than two bucks.

All you need is:

-A jar
-A few drops of dish soap
-1 cup of apple cider vinegar or wine
-A piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover the opening of the jar

Pour one cup of apple cider vinegar (or wine) into the jar.  Add a few drops of dish soap and put the plastic wrap over the opening of the jar.  Poke a few holes into it so the flies can enter.  They’re attracted to the smell of the vinegar/wine, and will go for it.  The soap makes the surface a bit thicker and the flies drown.

Have you tried this method before?  Has it worked for you?  Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Keep it dirty!