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Yikes! How do I deal with ants in my compost. I just started composting last year and didn't notice any ants. I use big stock feeders, eight feet across and two feet high. I put drain holes in the bottom, and I expect that's how they got in. My grandsons are turning it from one tub to the other today. We put the empty tub up on cinder blocks. What else should I do?
My compost was inundated with carpenter ants. The only thing that has worked well for me was to periodically sprinkle a heavy layer of horticultural diatomacious earth in the bin. It is ineffective if it get wet so wait for dry weather or cover the bins.
I have found that ants take up residence in dryer soil/compost. If the medium is consistently moist enough and not to their liking, they'll most like not set up shop in it...ants can't swim, and they know it...