Does killing fruit flies bring bad karma?

If killing fruit flies brings bad karma, I’m in for some awful luck. As Sophie wrote earlier, when I opened our balcony worm composter this weekend to feed the little squirmies, I unleashed the wrath of thousands of angry fruit flies. It was not quite Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Flies Birds” but it was definitely on par with hiking through the alpine on a warm breezeless evening and being swarmed by a thick cloud of misquotes and black flies.

In the end we did not opt for creating a friut fly circus, we already have enough trouble with our cat, dog and baby circus – currently showing 7 days a week.  Nor did we opt for a catch and release strategy – though we could have released them into our neighbours compost bin; sorry Andrew, it’s payback for the fruit flies you gave us last year! Alas, sadly, in the end we are barbarians, we opted for a mass culling.

If someone ever told me that I would would spend an evening vacuuming up fruit flies off the walls and furniture of our deck, I would never have believed it. Sure I can understand having to hunt down and squish a few fruit flies in the kitchen and bathroom but having to vacuum them up is a little bit extreme. The worst part is that apparenlty it can take up to several weeks of vacuuming flies before the population is back under control… good times!

Evidently, the solution for never having to vacuum fruit flies off of everything you own, is to ensure that your compost is burried deep enough and freeze or breifly microwave your composting material before feeding it to your worms. I think I will follow that advice a little closer, once this is all over….

4 Responses to “Does killing fruit flies bring bad karma?”

  1. Danielle Says:

    C’est déjà bien d’avoir le compost!! Ici, il faudrait s’organiser soi-même! Les fermiers ont leur petit coin de terrain sur lequel ils jettent leurs ordures compostables, mais en ville, sur le balcon… J’aimerais bien que ce soit accessible partout!!!


  2. sophie Says:

    Mais ça l’est! Notre “ferme à vers”, comme ils disent en anglais, n’est pas une initiative de la ville, c’est nous qui l’avons payée et installée sur notre balcon. Ce type de compost (can-o-worm) est fabriqué en Australie mais est vendu partout, y compris en France. Va voir http://www.verslaterre.fr/


  3. Danielle Says:

    Merci beaucoup!! Je n’avais jamais entendu parler de ça!!! En tous cas, je suis étonnée par le prix de 200 euros annoncé! Qu’est-ce qui est si cher? Pas les vers, quand même?


  4. sophie Says:

    Les vers ne sont pas donnés, mais le système lui-même est assez complexe. On a déjà eu un vermi-compost dans un bac Rubbermaid avec des trous, beaucoup plus simple mais ça coulait, ça puait… Ce système a un robinet pour l’écoulement du liquide et est sensé être sans odeurs (quoi que je ne le mettrais quand même pas dans mon salon).