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# 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?

# Posted: 11 Aug 2019 22:58 - Edited by: DaveBell

Use Powered Lime. Is this an outhouse? Post pictures of entire inside and outside (not the pit). Health dept. guidelines require these to be insect resistant. Stop feeding it wood shavings and bran.

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