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Ants nest in compost bin

I've opened my compost bin to find loads of ants - are they beneficial in the composting process?


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149

    They are part of life's rich pattern and will invade your compost bin because it is nice and cosy. They won't cause any harm.

  • paulk2paulk2 Posts: 184

    As Edd says, you definitely need to add more water: if ants are present, then the compost is far too dry and so won't break down for a long time. Add a little water and then turn or mix it. Also keep an eye on the ratio of of greens to browns which should be approximately 50% of each by volume.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,306

    agree with above, ants are a sure sign your compost is too dry and not working properly


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