Detonating my ant-infested bin today
In honor of Independence Day and because one of my outdoor bins became infested with ants yesterday, I've decided to blow it up at 3pm today.
Three charges have been set underneath the plastic bin spaced out equally with a common fuse. I've placed the bin in the exact center of my backyard to attain maximum dispersal of the contents.
Worms, cocoons, vermi-compost, bedding, and, best of all, ants should, theoretically, be spread over the yard in a somewhat consistent pattern.
Since this is my first vermi-detonation, I'm wondering how many worms and cocoons will survive the explosion. Does anyone out there have any first-hand experience in a situation like this...either planned or accidental?
With the bin being about half filled with fairly wet vermi-compost, I feel that the attrition rate could be minimal. After the blast, I plan to survey the immediate blast area and the surrounding fallout perimeter. Realizing the worms that survive may be a little discombobulated for a while afterward, I'll give them a reasonable amount of time to recover.
Does anyone have an opinion on whether I should leave the lid on or off? Common sense would tell me that with the lid on, the entire bin could become a projectile, while lid-less, the bin just may serve as a mortar-type device.