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Ants in compost

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:10 pm
by lottena
after a few months I finally turned my compost and was so pleased to find dry, crumbly warm material at the bottom- until I stirred it up and there were tons of black ants, grasshoppers, and ant larvae. I have an ant problem in my yard so I'm wondering if my yard waste contributed to it.

What do I do?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:07 am
by cynthia_h
"ANTS in my compost pile." Discussion at

Maybe some suggestions in that thread will help your situation.

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

ant control

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:50 am
by rainbowgardener
Also see my post "things ants don't like" in this thread:

and try searching ant control in the search box at upper left of most pages

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:49 pm
by lottena
thanks, these ideas are helpful. I don't want to ditch my compost so I'll try to kill the ants with boiling water and then sprinkle powder around my compost bin and cinamon around and in it.

let us know how it works out!

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:45 am
by rainbowgardener
Great, keep us posted on the outcome... that's how we all keep learning, if folks let us know what actually works for them. Good luck!