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#2887068 - 07/26/12 06:52 PM Ants in My Compost
gil1
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Is this a big deal? I mean the whole nest and eggs and everything under the newly placed leaves. I turn it, and they're still there the next time. I'm sure they're feasting on all my table scraps. Is that any big deal or just nature's way?
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#2887833 - 07/27/12 01:20 PM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: gil1]
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They aren't hurting anything
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#2887987 - 07/27/12 04:34 PM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: A.Hall]
deerslayeror2
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advance ant bait
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#2890293 - 07/30/12 10:02 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: deerslayeror2]
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Like you already guessed "just natures way" they probably do more good than harm as they help break it up.
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#2891258 - 07/31/12 08:50 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: bigtex]
gil1
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Thanks for the info., fellas. No worries.
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#2891391 - 07/31/12 10:27 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: gil1]
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Better than in your pants! \:D
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#2891435 - 07/31/12 10:47 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: StalkingWolf]
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It would seem to me that your pile isn't heating up enough if the ant colony wants to be there.

Certainly not telling you what to do but I quit with the table scraps a long time ago and only do manure and grass or leaves.
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#2891455 - 07/31/12 10:54 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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Actually you shouldn't have any cooked food in your compost. The ants, as previously said, would indicate a lack of true composting taking place. I wouldn't worry about killing them or anything, but if you keep turning over the pile, they'll eventually choose to relocate.
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#2892618 - 08/01/12 09:50 AM Re: Ants in My Compost [Re: Nimrod777]
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Put some peletized lime on the pile, water real good and then cover with black plastic for a week. They'll leave.
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