# Posted: 11 Aug 2019 11:36
Right. This is a sh!tty topic so I’m just going to get to it.
We have a conventional pit toilet at our offgrid place. Been using one on this property for forty years. Not the same pit, mind you! I made a quick inspection this morning and noticed the surface is writhing in small maggots about 3/4cm long. I’ve never noticed maggots before in the pit or had a major nuisance fly population. I say “noticed” because I don’t inspect it often/hardly ever. We occasionally scatter pet bedding wood shavings over the top if it gets a bit rank. This summer I home-brewed some bokashi bran using the rice-wash/milk recipe, added water and sugar to the result and soaked it into some bran and let it sit for a bit. I scattered a layer of bokashi bran on the heap about two weeks ago. My inspection this morning was to see if there was any noticeable change after adding the bran. And...maggots. So. I don’t know if the maggots are simply a result of timing with the season and weather or because I added bran.
Any thoughts on maggots in the pit? Do I have a nightmare on my hands or is this normal?