Maggots in Compost Pile: What it Means & What To Do

Maggots are often associated with death and decay, and their small, squirming, wiggling appearance does little to offset the unpleasant impression they give. So encountering them, especially when that encounter is a completely unexpected surprise, can be off-putting. Unfortunately, one of those places a chance encounter might happen could be in your compost pile. If this happens to you, the first thing to do, or not do rather, is panic. Maggots in your compost are indicative of a few different things, and can be handled in a few different ways. While it is ultimately a matter of personal preference and comfort level, it doesn’t have to be an entirely negative experience. Here’s what the presence of maggots in your compost pile means, and options for how you can handle that presence.