Fire ants in my worm bin!
(south central Florida)
I live in south central Florida, I have a Rubbermaid tub bin, and my worms have been doing well for the last 2 years bedded in shredded newspaper.
I feed them once a week about 1/2 lb of chopped, layered scraps (banana peels, coffee grounds, veg peelings, etc.) that have been frozen and then thawed (this totally STOPPED my fruit fly problem) and I add the new feeding on new shredded paper and cover with a little more shredded paper.
In the past, they have cleaned it up nicely. My bin seems much wetter than what I see on all the postings, but my worms like to stay where it is the wettest.
2 weeks ago, I got an invasion of FIRE ANTS!
I tried wetting the bin down, but it didn't get rid of them.
I've sprayed the outside of the bin with an organic insecticide, but they are still inside the bin.
How much and how often do I wet the bin to get entirely rid of the ants???
The worms aren't feeding well and are staying down deep, and I'm afraid it's because the ants are hurting them. (the ants have bitten me several times!)
Frustrated in Florida