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13/04/2012 at 22:49

I don't want to use ant killers (Poison) but what can I do?

Would  they do any harm if I use the compost in the garden?

Can anybody help please....

13/04/2012 at 22:55

cant really understand you (you want rid of ants but dont want to kil them) ?

14/04/2012 at 00:58

They can't do any harm, they also help break down the compost.

14/04/2012 at 18:11

That is okay than - but what if I put the compost (with some ants in) on my veg beds?

Do they start building nests or are they just wandering away?

I'm still a bit worried.....

14/04/2012 at 18:15

To martymower

I want to get rid of them but I don't want to use the ant killer in the compost that I put later on my veg beds!!

14/04/2012 at 18:23

I have 3 compost bins and have been using them over twenty years and never had problems, they all get ants  nests at some point in the year most just disappear, sometimes when its added to the garden there are ants and ants eggs in the compost but the birds soon sort them out.

14/04/2012 at 19:53

The presence of ants generally indicates the heap is too dry. try giving it a good mix, and/or add water. 

14/04/2012 at 20:52

yea andy is perfectly correct...compost is too dry, address this issue and the problem should go away!!

14/04/2012 at 22:51

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

15/04/2012 at 12:29
Also, you can discourage them by turning the heap regularly.
15/04/2012 at 12:57

You have ants because the compost is too dry, spray your bin with cold water for an immediate result and try adding more grass, and kitchen scraps to keep the moisture levels high enough so that the ants don't like it.

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