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ants in compost bin

I emptied my kitchen compost bin last month into my outside compost bin(black dalek type) knowing it was full of ants due to large quantity of fruit peelings in it. I had hoped the ants would eventually exit the compost bin however the reverse has happened they have multiplied so much that the compost bin now appears to be one massive antfarm!
Can anyone suggest an ant friendly way to move them on?
thanks Jane

Comments (3)

  1. Grower


    Sounds like a relatively small bin. Spread all the contents out about 2in thick. Well away from the house. They'll collect everything they want and build a new nest nearby. Spread over plastic sheet for easier return of compost bin. If not organic, ant powder over the impost would help.

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Jane,

    Ants like it dry and undisturbed, so if you stick a fork into your dalek and churn it about, then drench it (with just water, or diluted urine if you wish), the conditions won't be to their liking and they will probably move on.

    A compost bin shouldn't be so dry that ants can tunnel through it, so it would probably benefit from being a bit damper.

    Some people say that ants aerate a compost bin, and produce good quality compost - personally I don't subscribe to this view, and I will encourage ants to go elsewhere!

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh, and Alison, it's not a good idea to put ant powder on the compost, as it will kill all the beneficial creepy-crawlies in there...

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