I’ve been lazy composting for years. Tossing leaves, rabbit litter, kitchen scraps, and whatever else into two mounds in my yard for years. I rotate which mound is resting and which mound is active, but I’m a really lazy composter.
It’s not covered.
I don’t turn it.
I just let nature take its not so slow course.
This spring nature took a different route. A large colony of fire ants took over my compost pile. I suspect they migrated from a flower pot I had dumped in there when I decided I wanted to refresh all my container dirt this winter by adding it to my compost.
With all the scraps and all the bugs, the ants thrived in the pile. As the days warmed, I wondered what to do. My plan had been to reclaim the dirt and fresh compost, but with fire ants, that was impossible. Poisoning the ants wasn’t an option as this compost would be used to grow food, so I had to find green solutions.
The internet told me that ants hate their mounds to be disturbed and wet. So I grabbed a garden rake and took to aggravating the ants at least twice a day while adding items to the other mound. I made sure to rake down to where they had their eggs. While I planned to also soak the pile once a day, I never managed to grab the hose during these outings. Less than a week after starting this, I got rid of the ants in my compost.
Now over two months later, they haven’t come back.
As planned, I reclaimed the dirt and planted my summer container garden:
Ennis loves to look at what’s growing.
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