Ants in Compost
Hello..........Last year I acquired a nice compost bin, which I immediately started loading up. I was pretty lazy about the whole thing, so I really never turned it or watered it. At the end of the season, when it was full, I went to empty it and realized the entire thing was infested with ants. I ended up throwing it all away, after carefully removing/relocating as many earthworms as possible. I just wasn't quite sure if I could spread this compost full of ants (big red and black ones) around my plants. Would it have been a problem? I'm sure they wiil come again this year. Is there anyway to prevent this? Or if they do get in there, should I just leave them alone and use the compost anyway? Any suggestions/thoughts would be greatly appreciated. It would just kill me to have to trash another bin of compost.