Well, I am having none of those problems! AND.....the inside of the pile is starting to look like real compost. I'll be darned.
See the darker brown stuff in the middle? That's the "black gold." I guess if you were nursing, also, you'd have black AND liquid gold. ; )
The most I've noticed are some flies, so I guess those are okay. I would guess there are some worms in there, since the pile rests right on the ground. Pictured is my little rake, which is not strong enough to turn the whole pile. So, I get the bigger metal rake...but I think I need to invest in a big fork to turn the pile.
I also have to remind myself to water it occasionally....who would think you'd have to water it? ; )
I think I need to create a new label for composting posts.....like "sexiest posts."