QUESTION: Why is my compost full of flies? I was excited to start composting, but my wife is grossed out and I don’t blame her!
ANSWER: You may see flies buzzing around your compost heap because they’re attracted to the food scraps it contains, particularly if you’ve been adding a lot of fruit to your compost pile lately.
However, flies near your compost are not a cause for concern. They won’t cause any problems for the compost heap. As a matter of fact, the insects are actually helping the food scraps decompose more quickly. Once the materials that attracted the flies have been broken down, you’ll probably stop seeing the flies.
If you’re really bothered by flies around your compost pile, you can prevent them somewhat by burying fresh food scraps so they aren’t at the top of the pile where they’ll attract flies and other insects. Keep a bag of leaves or a bag of dried out grass clippings near your composter or compost pile and use some to cover up all your food scraps when you add them, and it will make a big difference.