fire ants in the compost

Asked October 31, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

The last time I went to put some plant scraps in my compost bin, everything in it was completely composted! It looked like beautiful fine black soil. I looked closer: it was a huge ant mound, teeming with ants.

I want to use the compost, but I don't want to transfer hoards of fire ants to my garden beds. How can I get rid of the fire ants without ruining the compost?

Also, how can I keep fire ants out of my compost bin?

Thank you for you help with these questions.

Sky

Upshur County Texas

1 Response

You can use one of the many baits that are available. Be sure and follow directions. You can also apply around the perimeter of the compost bin as well.