Worm Composting Week 2: Ants

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We are in our second week with the worm composting bin. Naturally, the soil and food supply attracted some ants. While they do no harm to the bin, they are a nuisance, so I got rid of them.

Here are a few easy tricks.

  1. Wipe the bin and surrounding area with water and lemon juice or lemon oil. This will get rid of the ants and their scent trail.
  2. If the composting bin has legs, stick it in a tray of soapy water. I added lemon oil to mine because the ants dislike it.
  3. Ants like exposed food so stir the compost. I enlisted Joshua to help with this one. I also added some ground up leaves and a little extra dirt to help the process along.
  4. Make sure the soil is a little damp. It’s nice to have a spray bottle with water designated for the compost bin. Ants like a dry environment and the compost needs a little moisture to thrive anyhow.

Additionally, the CA temperatures have exceeded the ideal range for worms (which is 40-80 degrees F.) I have been keeping the bin shaded with a box. It seems to have helped and the worms are thriving.

I’d love to hear about your suggestions and experiences!

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2 responses

  1. Also make sure that you have way more carbon sources (dead leaves, straw, woodchips, sawdust) than nitrogen sources (food scraps). Ideally it’s a 30:1 Carbon:Nitrogen ratio, otherwise the nitrogen sources are slow to bread down, therefore attracting insects.

    It’s hard to keep a 30:1 ratio in one of the home worm bins, sometimes it’s easier to just use a big rubbermaid tub with holes in the lid.

    Love your blog!

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