Do Ants Kill Worms?
Generally, ants do not kill worms. Although there are some species of ants that do attack worms, most species of ants can live and coexist with worms.
The main difference between ants and worms is that ants are opportunistic eaters. They are more likely to eat a larger creature such as a worm. However, they are also omnivorous, eating everything from leaves to vegetation to meat. Ants are also able to carry eggs back to their nest.
Some species of ants, such as the carpenter ant, are known to feed on live worms. However, these ants are not known to be aggressive, and they are often found in worm composting bins.
The most effective way to kill ants in a worm composter is to use an insecticide. You can purchase a pyrethrum insecticide, which contains roetenone. However, you should never use this insecticide on the bedding.
If you have a ground level worm bed, you can prevent ants from entering it by soaking string or twine in kerosene. The string or twine should be positioned on the wall of the bed. The kerosene will soak into the ground around the bed, and the ants will be unable to cross it.
You can also use petroleum jelly to prevent ants from climbing. However, this method will only be effective for a short period of time. The sticky gel will gradually wear off, and you will be left with a messy situation.