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Post  nosmok 6/28/2013, 11:49 pm

Just added my second level to my rubbermaid bin worm composter.  The first level looked like it was progressing well, so I put my second bin on top, added some organics covered with wet newspaper and checked a week later.  Under the wet newpaper I was hoping to see that my red wigglers had migrated up, but all I saw was a maggot like worm. Concerns or just be patient?

I also have been collecting the dependent drainage from the bottom spout and using it as an organic supplement to my SFG, usually diluting it 1:4. The excess I'm storing in a large pickle jar for later use.
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Post  llama momma 6/29/2013, 12:07 am

I have Rubbermaid containers too but I don't use a tier system.  I want to address the maggot like worm you mentioned.  Hard to say for sure without a picture but I think you are describing a fly in the maggot stage.  Soldier flies can be common.  Also, redwormcomposting.com is a very extensive site you might find quite interesting and helpful, the owner of the site is Bentley Christie, he has over 13 years experience in raising worms indoors and outside.
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Post  Pollinator 6/29/2013, 11:18 pm

Soldier flies are very common in compost in hot weather. They help break down the compost. Also the adults are highly beneficial in your garden.

Make great fish bait too...
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Post  Frenchbean 6/30/2013, 6:01 am

Do not worry, they will go when it breaks down a little more. Ive had them in my bins they won't do any harm Very Happy 
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Post  batmap 6/30/2013, 1:16 pm

nosmok wrote:maggot like worm

 Did it look like any of these?

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Post  nosmok 7/1/2013, 6:25 pm

Any idea's?  They seem to be breaking down the fruit scraps, don't know if they're leaving behind the good stuff
 
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Post  grownsunshine 7/2/2013, 12:59 pm

I noticed your bin (nosmok) is pretty wet. Is this about standard for how damp bins should be? I didn't put any holes in the bottom of my bin, but I try to keep my bedding moist but not this wet. Should I keep my bin wetter and drill holes?

Could this level of moisture help create an environment for the maggots? If so, I might want to increase the moisture of my bin, since so many others have had this issue.

So far my worms are surviving the So Cal heat, so I was thinking my bin is moist enough. I just started my bin about a week ago.
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Post  nosmok 7/2/2013, 9:42 pm

This was a few days after adding lots of melon rinds which have a lot of water in their cells.  I do have drainage holes in my bins, except for the bottom one which has a drain for the wormy liquid that collects beneath the organic bins. I've been adding this diluted to my SFG beds.  I'm covering the organics with wet newspaper.
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