The Worms Have Been Pardoned…..for Now

The worms are very lucky my husband is around.  He spent the weekend researching their “issues.”  I mentioned last week I was really frustrated with my little guys…the little wriggly pink non-eating ones , not the giant peach colored ones who never STOP eating.  So my amazing husband spent Saturday night over at Redwormcomposting trying to ID our new and difficult guest. fungus gnat As usual, good ol’ Bentley had plenty of info helping us identify their problem and how to fix it. Turns out…we do not have a evil, evil, fruit fly problem! Yeah!  We have an evil, evil, fungus gnat problem! Not so yeah.

So…our options.
1.Vacuum the little boogers up. We do do this, but it only controls the flies…doesn’t eradicate them…nor does it make them cower and beg for mercy quite to our liking.

2. Coffee grounds I guess they aren’t suppose to like the caffeine. Not sure about this one. I always put my grounds in there and sometimes when the worms are being slow with the eating that is all I put in because it tends not to grow…well…fungus. But the flies are still there and just seem more energized.

3. Carnivorous plants We actually have flytraps for the kids and they are fun, but worthless in this capacity.

4. Fly Strips Can you say Ewwwwwww boys and girls?  I knew you could.

5. Bedding (Get your mind out of the compost, people….bedding is a noun not a verb.)  We did get a little lazy with this…but we are back in full swing.

6. Bio Control Now here is where it gets fun. We can add a predatory bacteria or nematodes. That’s right…add more creatures to the zoo.  The nematodes attack the fungus gnat larva, crawl inside, and use the flesh to lay eggs in.  Yummy.  Gross but effective.

So…in addition to the worm wrangling…we are now going to try our hand at nematode wrangling.  And I, of course, will be filling you in on all the deliciously gross details.  Probably just as you are about to eat your lunch.  I’m good like that.

So…the worms are staying.  Thanks to one very softhearted, although still bad ass, vermilover.

And guys, let this be a lesson for you. If your having a hard time scoring points with the ladies, nothing says I love you after all these years like saving a gal’s worms.  (I love you my little closet crunch.)

5 Responses to “The Worms Have Been Pardoned…..for Now”

  1. Added by ruchi aka arduous on April 1st, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Aw, your vermilover is definitely a keeper.

  2. Added by Seraphim on April 1st, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Aww, yay for the saving of the worms. But otherwise, ewww. And more eww.I was thinking of getting a wormery, but there is a chance your putting me off…. I’ll see how this goes for you before I decide…

  3. Added by organicneedle on April 1st, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Yes…Ruchi…he’s a keeper. Not sure I could find anyone else who would put up with my “projects.”

    Seraphim…don’t be discouraged form worming. I’m sue there are some wonderful worms out there that keep their bin in order. Mine are just troublemakers. Actually if you check out the redwormcomposting site you will find tons of info and some really cool easier to manage bins. We made ours out of an old plastic tub we had already…which is one of the biggest contributors to our moisture issues.

  4. Added by Verde on April 1st, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Ugg. My worms aren’t doing well either but somehow I think that is my fault – maybe I drown them, or maybe it’s too cold for them to do much.

  5. Added by Beware:NYC Worms Released/ A Tale of Vermi-Failure | Organic Needle on April 11th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    […] against all vermi-odds?  Well…it’s all over.  Here’s the poop.  We ordered the nematodes and waited.  2 days went by, which was the amount of time we were told it takes to get the little […]

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