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    Default HELP! ANTS IN MY COMPOSTER!! please help!

    eeeeeuuugghh!!
    Ive just been in the composter to put some peelings in and i have got a HUGE ant infestation!!!! HELP!!!
    Does anyone know.....
    WHY?
    HOW?
    WHAT THE BLOODY ELL DO I DO!!!
    (I hate ants by the way!)
    Chelle xxxxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by chellybobs View Post
    eeeeeuuugghh!!
    Ive just been in the composter to put some peelings in and i have got a HUGE ant infestation!!!! HELP!!!
    Does anyone know.....
    WHY?
    HOW?
    WHAT THE BLOODY ELL DO I DO!!!
    (I hate ants by the way!)
    Chelle xxxxxx
    Yep my ant buddies are starting to re-appear, last year they hit the composter and to remove them with out contaminating the compost I poured a few kettles of boiling water on them.

    This year i'm ready for them, nippon ant traps have been laid all round the garden.

    But ive also noticed the lottie has 2 red ant nests

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    Is it a worm composter or a regular compost bin? I don't think they'll ruin your compost, but on the other hand if there are a lot of them and you really can't cope, you could get some ant bait from the supermarket or garden centre and put it next to the bin. The ants take the poison into their nest and it kills the queen and larvae - after that they just give up the colony, I think. It takes a bit longer than spraying with insecticide, but it's better since it won't contaminate your compost:

    Ant Stop! : Products : Ant Stop! Bait Station

    We use it indoors very successfully, though I've not tried it in the garden.
    Last edited by Eyren; 17-04-2009 at 04:03 PM.

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    I've got ants nesting in my Dalek too. It's not a problem. Water them if they bother you.

    I've got loads of red ants in my garden, but I leave them be.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Its a standard big black thing, we got from the council - they dont go in for design lol! I'll have a look for ant trap type thingy, and ill boil the kettle later lol! ANYTHING to get rid of them - they just go through me uugh!
    Thanks guys x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I've got ants nesting in my Dalek too. It's not a problem. Water them if they bother you.

    I've got loads of red ants in my garden, but I leave them be.
    DALEK - LOVE THAT!!!! IM new to this so not heard that b4, will use that again soo good lol!

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    Getting ants in a Dalek compost bin is not unusual; your compost is probably too dry
    There's no need to get ant killing powder or to use boiling water. Break up the compost -cum - ant's nest with a fork, chuck in 2 or 3 bucket's of cold water, and stir it up again. Don't worry about using too much water, any excess will just drain out

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    there are ants in my dalek also, not a problem - they are helping churn the compost up

    You could always try nematodes if they really bother you

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    Suzie

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