We have a compost heap we inherited when we moved into our home a few years ago. It is at the far aspect of our yard, partly shaded by a nearby pine tree.
We have yet to get the compost into the garden because every time we dug into it, we were getting lots of roots from the nearby pine.
This past summer I spent a day clearing all of those roots and other debris out of the pile to get the actual compost. Piled the compost into tupperware tubs and got the pile down to the ground. We decided to split our heap in half, adding to the back half and turning the front.
When I was weeding through our compost, I noted it was full of ants. Little brown ants. And the ants were biting me! They were crawling up my shoes and biting my bare legs so hard I had to go inside and put pants on. They were crawling up my shovel, up my hands and biting my arms, even biting me through my gardening gloves! Ouch!
If, in the spring, I find that the compost heap is still full of biting ants, what do I do? I don't want to accidentally start a colony of biting ants in our garden by moving the compost there. I already have one spot in our garden that we cannot use because of the same kind of ant.
Hoping you can help.