I’m searching for solutions to our maggot problem. Last year this was not an issue but for some reason they are suddenly popping up everywhere.
We have maggots in our composting toilet, which gets filled with all household compost. I’ve read online to keep things dry which we have been doing. We are using LOTS of sawdust. There will be days where the little guys are crawling all over our floor. We’ve found eggs behind one of our cabinets. I’ve included a picture, they look like mouse droppings.
The fly strips in this picture are just two days old. We are catching the fly’s right away which is good because we don’t want buzzing all around the house.
As for moisture buildup our bathroom has ventilation installed. This summer has been unusually hot and humid with lots of rain. Perhaps it’s the perfect environment for larva?
I will be cross posting to reddit and facebook. Any solid feedback will be greatly appreciated and the authors will be credited. Thanks tinyhome community!
-The (bug battling) Copper House
Thanks to everyone in our comments section below and:
Nancy bates and a few others, who suggested putting food scraps elsewhere.
Su Wu and others who suggested Diatomaceous Earth with its ability to pierce shells.
Maverick Beckett who suggested 20 days of daily compost removal and more regular cleaning of the bucket.
Eddy Harrell who suggested cleaning the bucket with bleach each time and emptying daily.
“Holycheapshit” from reddit wrote the following:
If maggots are crawling over the floor it is a good sign you got an ongoing infestation, which is gone too far for just passive counter measuring. I’m not experienced with a compost toilet and such problem, but i know if you keep it too dry and more damp instead of wet, the flies will even like it more.
http://www.supergreenme.com/go-green-environment-eco:How-To-Keep-Insects-Out-of-a-Composting-Toilet note from article: Some insecticides will simply break down.
And for pest control:
Meticulously look for the pupated larvae, these buggers can crawl quite far and will hide everywhere, where you have to look twice for them. Had that in a flat with a roommate who hastily dumped food in the bin and went on vacation while i was away too. Jesus, they were everywhere. Behind and under every shelve from kitchen, every bed, closet and wardrobe. Vacuum it. Dispose.
Clean all the fly spots.
Buy more fly straps, they are not that expensive, but several hommade traps will catch them too. Search the net, you basically need a big plastic bottle, a knife and a few household ingredients.
Procedure from a blog:
“So when anyone complains about flies in their composting toilet they have to realise they came from their house first. Okay so first step is to get rid of flies in house so we had to use the nasty Raid stuff one day when the kids would be away all day, it worked, i also sprayed it into the toilet just so i could get working on a solution. Okay now we have got rid of all flies, next step was to kill the larvae in the toilet, you can use the Dunk tablets which are used in ponds and are safe for the compost, break them up and put in a spray bottle full of water let soak and spray toilet every time its used for 10 days. The larvae ingest the solution which then cracks and kills them. Now how to keep the flies from wantng to come in the toilet and lay eggs. I was able to find one of those insect killer plastic sticks which usually hang in unoccupied rooms to kill flies when owners are away. i can easily hang these inside the drum at the rear left side and does not provide any obstruction to use other than remembering to remove when rotating drum. So thats it,. Its been 2 months since the fly issue and we have continued to have hot weather and have never seen a fly come out of the composting toilet since. When i eventually get the walls made for the toilet the flies will have less access to the toilet also. ”