fire ants in compost bin
Went out to turn by compost pile the other day and it had a trillion fire ants in it! Ugh. Luckily I saw them before they tried to kill me. LOL I have a nice big pile of compost out there that I was planning on using for my fall vegetable garden but that will be kinda hard with the crazy big ant pile out there. I have been turning it daily since I found it hoping they would decide to move (on the other side of the fence behind the compost bin would be so cool!) but they just keep on trucking. I'm going to suspend taking my kitchen scraps out there until I get rid of them. Another thing that surprised me about the ants moving in is the large amount of coffee grounds present in my compost. My husband John and I are faithful coffee drinkers and each morning the grounds go out to the bin. I thought all insects including ants were supposed to be anti-coffee. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that the fireants could care less. Anyway......any suggestions on handling the problem? I'm sure it goes w/out saying but I won't use any chemicals as that would totally defeat the purpose of using the compose to add life to the garden. :-)
Thanks so much!