Ideas on ant control in the backyard??
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Ideas on ant control in the backyard??

    Does anyone know how to keep ants out of the compost bin? We just set one up, and I've noticed a few in there. I want to keep them under control before they set up house, and overrun the backyard!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,138
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    HeatherB I have no advice. We are running into the same problem here in sw Va. Gonna do some research and see what I can find out. If anything comes up of interest I will add here.

    Barbara

  3. #3
    Registered User Neeley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    HERE, in my house
    Posts
    4,726
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    26

    Default

    I am not familiar at all with compost bins or anything like them. However, I did read an article last week that said cucumber peel is very poisonous to ant and roaches. I peeled a cucumber, cut up the peel and put it on and around an ant bed and it worked.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    FrugalVillage.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Registered User OzFreeBird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    near Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    164
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    15

    Default

    I can't see why ants are the issue. Ants only "visit" your bin when it isn't hot enough. No ant likes 120F temperatures, which is the minimum you require to create compost in your bin. Any temperatures which are cooler will not only encourage ants to your bin, but also flies and rats. You'll have a bin full of maggots and slimy veg peelings rather than a bin full of lovely crumbly brown compost.

    Get some dried mowed grass clippings, newspaper, human hair, anything which has a high degree of carbon. Upend your bin, mix the carbon materials with your veggie scraps in the ratio of 5:1 in favour of carbon. Get a few handfuls of dolomite or lime (from your local garden nursery) and mix it in well. Put it all back in the bin and water ONCE thoroughly. Within 24 hours the bin will heat up. Within 48 hours it should be too hot to put your hand inside the composting material. You won't have any ants.

    Once the bin starts to cool down (in a week or so), you can turnover the compost a few more times. Most of the scraps would have decomposed to the point where ants have no interest in them. Nor any other critters except for earthworms, which will only enrich your compost further.

    Compost bins in my opinion suck. Far better to grab some old bits of wood, and create a compost "bay", 1 metre x 1 metre x 1 metre (if you can create 2 or 3 next to each other in your backyard, all the better!!). This way you can turn the compost over readily with a fork and encourage fast decomposition.

    Compost bins just don't work, IMHO.

    Hope this helps

Similar Threads

  1. Chickens in the backyard?
    By Sari in forum Question and Answer
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-16-2006, 10:54 AM
  2. Ideas to spice up your backyard
    By Darlene in forum Homesteading and gardening
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-24-2005, 03:27 PM
  3. snake in the backyard
    By forestdale in forum Leisure & Media Arts
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-28-2005, 10:17 PM
  4. Backyard Getaways
    By Heather in forum Homesteading and gardening
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-30-2004, 07:58 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-09-2003, 07:02 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •