Simple home remedies for repulsive plague

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Worms in the compost bin are anything but appetizing. Even the stench in summer is often unbearable. Simple tricks help prevent and fight the plague.

Dortmund – summer disgust alert! As the summer temperatures rise, so do the number of worms in the organic bin. But that is not all. Mold grows, thousands of flies buzz around and it stinks to no end. Organic waste can become a real scourge in any household during the hot season. However, RUHR24* has some home remedies and tips to help end the drama with the organic waste bin.

organic waste Organic waste of animal or vegetable origin that accumulates in a household
This belongs in the resume bin Including food scraps, lawn clippings, garden waste
This does not belong in the compost bin Including animal droppings, corpses, drugs, paper, ash

Organic waste bin in summer: The worm problem starts in the kitchen

If you really want to do something about the worms and stink in the organic waste bin, you have to start one step earlier: in the kitchen. Because even organic waste in the kitchen is a pure magnet for all kinds of animals. This allows fruit flies* to breed happily, but other nuisance flies are also magically attracted to food scraps.

If you do not cover organic waste in the kitchen, insects can lay their eggs there. And the offspring of flies also feel really comfortable among bowls of fruit, bread scraps and meat scraps, because they have something to eat immediately. The white worms hatch later than the fly eggs – either in the kitchen or then in the organic waste bin, where it’s nice and warm and friendly to the little critters.

So if you want to reduce worms in the bin this summer, the first step should be to avoid disposing of meat, fish or cooked food in organic waste. In some communities it is even prohibited. But the rules for what goes in the organic waste bin and what doesn’t* aren’t the same everywhere. Hence, a few more tips are in order to bring the plague of summer nastiness under control.

Brooms in the garbage can in summer: fight the plague with a special powder

Keeping trash as cool and dry as possible is the be-all and end-all of keeping trash out of the organic waste bin in the summer. Moisture, heat and septic gases not only attract flies to the kitchen, but also later to the bin. But keeping dry is often easier said than done.

There is a special compost bin powder for this at the hardware store. Alternatively, you can try rock flour or slaked lime. The mineral dust powder should ensure that the stench cannot develop in the first place. It also stops the growth of worms and mold. Because dust dries out the compost bin, and so do the worms.

Organic bin: keep worms out in the summer with newspaper or hay

Another trick to keep your compost bin as dry as possible is newspaper. Wrapping kitchen scraps in newspaper before they end up in the trash ensures that less liquid and gas is created. Additionally, after emptying, you can place several layers of newspaper at the bottom of the organic waste bin or between the organic waste. A cover or screen for trash cans can also help, he says*.

Wood shavings also help absorb liquid and keep the bin dry. Likewise dried grasses or hay. Be careful though – if you throw lawn clippings into the organics bin, you must first let them dry completely outside the bin. Because the decomposition processes also create a climate in the bin that attracts insects.

A few tips and tricks will help keep flies out of your produce bin this summer and give worms no chance. © Arno Burgi/dpa

Organic Waste Bin: Summer’s Worm Plague Doesn’t Stand A Chance With Vinegar

If no liquid collects at the bottom of the compost bin, no foul-smelling fermentation gases develop, which flies are attracted to like light. However, before lining the bin with newspaper, it should be cleaned thoroughly after each emptying. You can simply spray the bucket with water using a high pressure cleaner.

But be careful: Like washing cars, cleaning water mixed with liquid detergent or other cleaners must not enter the ground water. Otherwise there is a risk of fines. The cleaning water can, if then, only be disposed of through the drain. So, if you want to be on the safe side, you can do without the pressure washer and use a bucket of water and a sponge.

If you really don’t want to give flies and worms a chance, you can also use a vinegar-based cleaner to clean the litter box. And another Vinegar Vinegar Fly Trick: Once the bucket is thoroughly cleaned and dried, you can scrub it with a mixture of vinegar and water.

A water tap
Water combined with vinegar helps against worms in organic waste © Marius Becker/dpa

Simply mix the vinegar with some water, place it on a cloth and use it to clean the organic waste bin. It is essential to remember to also rub the edge and inside of the lid with the vinegar mixture. The sour smell is said to keep flies away and kill worms.

Worms in the Compost Bin: Use Scents to Fight the Nasty Crawlers in the Bin

Speaking of smell: Like other insects, flies not only dislike the smell of vinegar, but also avoid the smell of certain essential oils*. These include citrus, lavender or tea tree oil. So if you want a more pleasant smell than vinegar, you can use these scents to scrub the organic waste bin with them.

However, the vinegar mixture can not only help prevent the appearance of worms in the organic waste bin, but also when the first worms have already bloated in the garbage. Simply fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and spray the worm nests with it.

Regular table salt will also help kill worms if sprinkled with it. However, if salt is used, it should only be used in the organic bin and not in the compost, as – like road salt in winter – it burdens nature. Alternatively, you can boil a tablespoon of pepper in water and spray it on the worms.

Protect your compost bin with a worm screen or homemade netting

A final trick to prevent flies and later maggots from gathering in the trash can is to cover the litter. You can buy special worm covers or screens for this at hardware stores or other home stores. If you don’t want to spend money, you can use a scrap of curtain square and simply pull it over the opening of the barrel with an elastic band.

If you pull the net over the bin immediately after cleaning, you can be sure that a fly did not get lost in the organic waste while it was drying and lay its first eggs there. Flies can lay up to 150 eggs at once, from which maggots hatch within a very short time. These develop into flies only a few days later and can soon lay eggs – a vicious cycle in summer that must therefore be broken as early as possible.

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