small ants in recycling bin

Asked May 10, 2018, 7:34 PM EDT

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?

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1 Response

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!