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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: Ants in compost bin Reply with quote

Hi all just want to pick your gardening brains, I have ants visit my compost bins on a regular basis I am not to worried as they are not a pest in the house but are they a sign I am doing something wrong in my garden?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is your compost too dry?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think kindred spirit is right the compost is far too dry. Put some more leafy or moist waste in rather than light woody material. Dry layers of soil will also encourage ants. The ants will help with the decomposition but itis a slower and less productive system.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice, I will add some damp materials, lot of wood chips in bins from pruning my budliea and dead ceacanthus
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all quick update added wet glass which i soaked for a couple of weeks seems to be working less ants will keep any new items added to bins dampened Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could also urinate in the bin from time to time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant poem
By melissa

If I were as small as a little black ant, I would do things that big people can't.
I would sit on a leaf, take a bath in a rose, ride on a bee, and tickle its nose.
I'd walk under a duck, lead a big ant parade, and sleep in a web that a spider had made.
If you were as small as a little black ant, what would you do that big people can't?
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey all
MK I use a jar of urine as an activator in the compost instead of Garotta for the last few years will try it once a month from now on
Melissa good poem, they are interesting organisms they are always welcome in my garden.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you worried due to ants and ants are in a large quantity in your garden.For this purpose you can get the services of a pest removal company which is a better option for you in this situation.Termites FAQs
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