House Flys - Help, I've searched
Ok, so here is the story, in as short as possible summary. I started my bin approx 5 months ago. It is in a rubbermaid system (same as discribed in this forum, bin inside a bin with drainage holes and a large place in the lid covered with screen for ventilation) under our indoor rabbit cage. The worms seem happy, although for the size of my bin and the amount of waste the rabbit produces, I have come to the conclusion that I probably should have started with more worms. I purchaed 1lb, where I think I should have started with two pounds. I also think I probably need two bins that I can rotate under the rabbit cage. She just produces alot of "stuff" - poop, excess hay, spilt rabbit food (as she tends to dig through her bowl and pick and choose what to eat, what a princess). Since I also want to add food waste from the kitchen I know that I need more eaters then the 1lb of worms I started with.
Here is the problem I can't seem to solve and I think it is causing tension in the household. We inevitably have the doors open in the summer and aquire a house fly here or there. Well they seem to have made my worm bin their personal palace. I am not bothered by maggots in the worm bin, the problem is the damn flys. If I open the bin indoors it is like a fly cloud is released. And then I spend the next week with fly traps trying to get rid of them. I really don't like flys in the house, they really make a mess. The worst is my sigificant other REALLY doesn't like it. He keeps saying I am going to have to get rid of the worm bin and start over. I think I bought some time by getting the fruit fly problem under control (thanks to tips here about freezing the food first, added bonus frozen bags of rotten goup don't stink)but he is very unhappy about the number of house flys in the house.
Questions - I thought I read through one of the many back posts that some one mentioned beneficial nematodes would keep maggots in check. Is this the case? I ordered some, as I can use them in the garden as well. The problem is they don't ship them until spring, so if that is a solution it won't present itself for a few more months.
Is there anything short of starting over that I can do to at least cut back their numbers? I am realist enough to not expect total erradication, just population control. I heistate to scrap what I have and start over as I just started the bin and it seems to have just really settled into a groove. The worms have started to multiply. But having to carry the damn thing outside from the basement, every time I want to open the lid is becoming tedious, as it is pretty heavy.
Are there particular "conditions" that I may have in my bin that is causing the massive fly population? Would the situation improve if there were more worms in the system? I.e eating the food faster, so there isn't enough left over fot the maggots?
Bottom line - I accept all comers to my worm bin party - the pantry moths (which I think come in on the rabbit pellets), the white mites, the white worms (pot worms?), but these house flys are just a big bunch of party chrashers, that are making us crazy. Nothing like having to explain the relatives over Christmas as to why you have a house full of flys. I took the fly tape down for the day we had them over, becuase I think they are the tackiest thing ever, and by end of day they were back with a vengance. I also really hate to use the fly tape as theyy are pretty toxic stuff, they off gas some nasty crap into the air.
Any and all help would be appreciated, even just condolences.