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Long time no post -- Compost Pile Issues
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Joe and Kelly Schoolfield    Posted 01-06-2003 at 14:38:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As i have noted before we are from florida and we are trying our hand at a large compost pile. But as of the past week or so it has become infested with fire ants. I know of some granular poisons that get rid of them but i don't want to use them on my compost pile. The only thing i have heard to do was to soak it and rotate it ALOT, otherwise soak it in gas and burn it. Any ideas?

Mudcat49    Posted 01-07-2003 at 05:14:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe where are you at? I am in Okeechobee

Ray    Posted 01-07-2003 at 03:23:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
After living in the Keys for a long time I figured out, you almost can't compost down there...there is just too much sun....cover the pile with a dark tarp, I had good luck with an old piece of carpeting. Fireants don't like the dark and moist just the bright and dry heat.

Joe and Kelly Schoolfield    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:47:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thnx for the info, im gonna try all these :)

Ana    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:35:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know much about in Florida, but if my compost pile has any kind of bugs in it, then I think it's not heating up properly. I'd add more greens, moisten the pile, not soupy wet, just damp throughout. Add old compost to it if you have any mature compost (adds the bacteria you are wanting) or failing that, some soil from the garden mixed in. If it doesn't get warm in the center (stick your hand in) like in three days, keep mixing in fresh greens. It should get too warm for any ants to like it. I have problems with this if my pile isn't big enough. If I have just a small compost pile, I have better luck burying it. Just my experience. Good luck.

Scott Hansen    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:32:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Check this out for the heck of it!

Bob /Ont.    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:20:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All I know about fire ants is from a Ray Stevens song. Are they a bad thing? If so throw a bag of lime in the pile. The only two things I ever tell people is if you want to burn it throw an old tire under it, if it's for the garden throw a bag of lime on it.
Later Bob

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