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Sep 26, 2013
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compost and insects

anyway to have a compost and no insects? or just ditch the compost if I don't want insects.
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Aug 30, 2011
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Insects are necessary. You are breaking down organic matter, you need insects, worms, micro organisms to do so. If it bothers you, put your compost bin away from the house
Deal Guru
Jan 27, 2006
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What types of insects are causing you issues? I'm assuming it's the fruit flies, right?

If so, the best thing you can do to reduce the amount of fruit flies is to cover the fresh compost material up right away so that it makes it harder for the flies to get access.
Deal Guru
Jan 27, 2006
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Okay... if no fresh compost is available, find a supplier for sawdust - most woodworking shops will give the stuff away for free so that they won't have to pay disposal fees. Just be sure that it's clean sawdust - ie no treated wood. The good thing about sawdust is that it's BIG in the carbon side of things so it enhances the composting time, as well as absorbs any extra moisture and as a bonus, your compost won't smell as bad any more!
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Apr 24, 2005
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it's too wet
add some shredded leaves, or sawdust (or shredded cardboard if desperate) and toss it with a fork
if it stinks like sewage or worse, it's putrefying, and the fast solution is to spread it out on a patio to dry for a few days but your neighbors might hate you
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Agree with other posters that some "brown" material would help. Leaves are great, or buy a bag of cedar mulch and add a layer every week or so, depending on how much you use the bin.
Deal Guru
Jan 27, 2006
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penf wrote: it's too wet
add some shredded leaves, or sawdust (or shredded cardboard if desperate) and toss it with a fork
if it stinks like sewage or worse, it's putrefying, and the fast solution is to spread it out on a patio to dry for a few days but your neighbors might hate you
You don't need to spread it out on the patio as that's really bad (for you and the neighbours)! Add some sawdust, toss it with the pitch fork, and repeat until the stuff dries out. It may take twice your current volume of compost in sawdust before completely dry however but it will be much quicker and have a better scent than letting it air dry!
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Dec 11, 2004
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Right, even on sale, it's still 300$, my understanding is that in Korea, which this product originated from, have a complex garbage disposal system so there's a market for that.

Or perhaps cities which require you to use the compost bin and prohibit you from throwing organic waste in the trash, for which may not be possible or suitable for peoples living in a condo/appartement? Unless they use an indoor worm composter? Not for all.

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