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HELP My Worm Farm has ants an smells bad

12 Apr 2012

We recently had a question from Garry who had to move is worm farm and now has flies and ants, and it smells bad. Garry has plenty of worm action and lots of micro bugs etc. Can he rejuvenate his worm farm to its former glory?

Flies, ants and a bad smell indicate that your worms are overfed. The excess food has become anaerobic, which means there is not enough oxygen.

The good news is you can easily rejuvenate your worm farm to its ‘former glory’!

The ‘flies’ you mentioned are most likely ‘vinegar flies’. These small flies are attracted to gases given off by anaerobic microbes. To get rid of them, I suggest you:

  • Use a small hand fork to dig and ‘fluff’ up – or aerate – the top feeding tray
  • Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner on top of the food scraps
  • Add a few handfuls of good soil on top of the food scraps every time you feed your worms
  • Ensure you have a worm blanket on the surface of the feeding tray at all times
  • Pour several litres of water through your worm farm every week – but before you do, install a bucket under the tap on the bottom tray. Open the tap and keep it open all the time to collect any worm ‘tea’ that drips out.

To encourage the ants to leave your worm farm, simply disturb the area they are in by digging it up, then sprinkle on some extra Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner

Worm Regards

Pete Rutherford

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