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Infestation in bark chippings bag

DedekindDedekind Posts: 171

I have a nearly full 100l bag of bark chippings that I bought a few months ago, it was left opened and with a bit of soil accidentally inside. 

It is now ridden with ants and white eggs. There are many small insects with wings as well, could be flying ants or something else. 

Can I still use this for mulching some borders? I have no problem in buying more if I have to but it would be a shame to throw it away. 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
    mulch the borders and the birds will hoover them all up
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Yes, it should be fine. They will do their thing, sort out their eggs and move on.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,274
    edited August 2021
    Sounds like ants have made their home in it.
    They often do in my compost bins too, but after a while, they seem to vanish once the winged ones have flown.
    I'm sure the cchippings will be absolutely fine for mulching your borders
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  • DedekindDedekind Posts: 171
    Thanks everyone :)
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