The flies are drawn by, and feed on, waste. The bokashi ferments the waste, eliminates the oder of rot and, as I understand it, changes the composition of the rotting waste so it does not attract flies, I know if there are flies around a bokashi I have to add more bokashi or add some molasses or spray with EM. When this stuff is working properly the flies just aren't drawn to it.
I've had this experience with fish waste, beef scraps and dog poop - three big fly attractors. Use the bokashi or EM and the flies don't come around.
P.S. I'm not sure my explanation is correct but I can testify to the results.
Yep, pour it on. And if all that sawdust is available, have you considered a Holiday Bokashi basket for your gardening friends and neighbors? Give them bag of Bokashi bran (sawdust) with directions for using and get them hooked! :D
HA HA!! Well, I bought some already made Bokashi to use before getting all involved making it etc. I did try making it with Peat Moss and it never innoculated. So, anyway, I got so exciting about processes the kitchen waste and using the Bokashi juice...I have invited all of the Master Gardeners over on the 16th for a demonstration!!! The local rep for EM (whom I have met) is coming over as well with HIS dog and pony show so we will get a lot done. The rep (Tim) facilitated me buying some Wheat Bran (Mill Run from Honolulu...don't know what one would call it) so we will make some Bokashi when they are here.
Tim, the rep, walked around the property and showed me different ways I can use EM... Today I filled the 16gal tank in the cart with EM and BTI (against mosquitos) and sprayed 2 rounds on the property. I targeted piles of debris (palm fronds etc.) to zap the mozzies and to start the breaking down of the material...and I targeted the huge leaves under the trees which hold water for the mozzies to breed in. With the BTI and the EM the larvae will be killed and the leaves will biodegrade instead of holding more water.
BTW - BTI is a Bacteria that eats mosquito larvae.
So...I am becoming a new convert and spreading the good news!!!!! and I love it. There will probably be about 30 people coming...
Righty-O (it was after a long day and I couldn't bring myself to spell it!!!)... I even have to spray the axils of the heliconias and bananas!!!
However, by spraying EM on the dead banana, heliconia, palm etc., leaves (we collect the dead leaves around the plants or added mulch and fertilizer) I am hoping they will break down faster and not trap the rainwater where the mosquitos breed in the tiniest of puddles.