small ants in recycling bin
I have a ton of ants (looks like sugar ants ) crawling all over the inside of my recycling bin that I keep enclosed and outside. I think they have a huge colony there. In the past I have used this to put around vegetables and plants for mulching. We have a pest control service that comes out every 4 months to spray. What should I do about the bin and it's contents -that are by now great for mulching?
Clackamas County Oregon
Thank you for your question. All is not lost, but you just need to adjust how you compost. As the following article indicates, ants in a compost bin or heap means it is too dry, or hasn’t enough air: http://www.caes.uga.edu/newswire/story.html?storyid=5120&story=Compost-Critters The other possibility is that you’ve been adding organic material that attracts ants (and potentially flies, etc.) such as fruit peels other sugar-containing waste. Here’s an article that you might find helpful on the topic: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/2015/11/clueless-about-compost-expert-shares-timely-tips Good luck!