So I’ve tried cleaning up huge trash piles with my electric aspirator, with a vacuum cleaner, with a spoon, etc. Today I had the easiest and fastest results with a vacuum cleaner and a straw.
Just get the vacuum hose, hold a straw firmly over the opening (it’s okay to have air gaps through your fingers as that even lets you adjust the airflow) and use the straw.
It helped that it’s the end of winter so there are far fewer workers in the outworld.
EDITED TO ADD: Please do NOT attempt this with your first ant colony, small struggling colonies, young colonies, colonies where the queen is hanging out in the outworld, etc. Also, if you accidentally let go the straw and it gets sucked into your vacuum cleaner, I can only refer you to your owner's manual for how to fix the situation....
Edited by OhNoNotAgain, March 22 2023 - 6:12 PM.