Ants in my School Bin

by DNelson
(Batavia, IL, USA)

Hi there-

I have had a worm bin in my classroom for several years, keeping it out of the way under the sink. It's spring and recently students were messy with snack wrappers and ants found their way to the garbage. Building crews sprayed for the ants, but since then they returned and are now in my bin!

I don't want to cause an issue and get my bin banned from school, so I brought the bin home to sit in the garage. I removed most of the food (mainly apple cores), added moisture (it was a bit dry), and stirred things around.

If they don't leave on their own, what should I do?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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Mar 26, 2018
Re: Ants in a worm farm
by: Stephan


I think it's great to have a worm bin at school. Ants are quite common in worm bins as worm bins offer them often lots of conditions like a warm environment and food they require.

Once they have established a colony inside a worm bin it often helps to add plenty of moisture to the worm bedding and food which ants don't like and usually will drive them out of the bin. I wrote quite a few articles about the subject and I believe they should offer you some valuable information to deal with the problem at hand.

Have a look at the following page of my website for some more information.

If you need any further information please let me know. I wish you all the best and hope you will be able to reestablish your worm bin at school.

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert

Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

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