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little black jumping flies in compost bin?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by goldeneggtees, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    What can they be? I thought maybe fleas (YIKES)!!! but they seem to have wings although I don't see any flying going on, just jumping.

    Should I sprinkle DE on the compost pile. The compost is just made up of chicken poo and pine shavings.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    If they are what I think they are they're called fungus gnats. They're a nuisance, but not much more. DE should take care of the problem. Good luck.
     
  3. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    They didn't look like fungus gnats, at least not from what I could compare to, to the pics I see online. I'm really hoping they are not fleas. Anyone else hear of fleas on compost pile. Yikes, if that's the case - we are in trouble!
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Even if they are fleas DE should take care of the problem.
     
  5. moonlyghtegirl

    moonlyghtegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:DE is your answer
     

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