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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistarWills View Post
    Thank you for the tips. Part of my problem is that there are no trails. I know ants generally do this and you can find their source that way. They just randomly pop up on me which is frustrating.
    There has only been a few here and there inside the cabin but it's outside where they come out of crevices.
    Put the traps I described wherever the ants are. They will find them...
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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Spray all the crevices?

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    I've found that Windex will kill ants almost immediately......I guess it's the ammonia in it.

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistarWills View Post
    Thank you for the tips. Part of my problem is that there are no trails. I know ants generally do this and you can find their source that way. They just randomly pop up on me which is frustrating.
    There has only been a few here and there inside the cabin but it's outside where they come out of crevices.
    The Queen has set up shop in your car, good luck. You can always pour gasoline on them and see what happens.

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    My son has had the same issue. I think maybe they are avoiding the wet ground. For some reason they are attracted to electronic's.

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by CullmanTide View Post
    My son has had the same issue. I think maybe they are avoiding the wet ground. For some reason they are attracted to electronic's.
    IDK why, but some ants are attracted to current. I couple of times, I've had a wall switch go out and pulled the plate to discover a ball of ants shorting it out...
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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    IDK why, but some ants are attracted to current. I couple of times, I've had a wall switch go out and pulled the plate to discover a ball of ants shorting it out...
    Electrical appliances and boxes are usually safe and dry. One theory is that they die or are otherwise stressed by the electrical current, causing them to release alarm pheromones, drawing other ants to the location.
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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by cbi1972 View Post
    Electrical appliances and boxes are usually safe and dry. One theory is that they die or are otherwise stressed by the electrical current, causing them to release alarm pheromones, drawing other ants to the location.
    It always seems to have been on an outside wall...
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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Step 1: Spray some EZ Cheese on the floorboard

    Step 2: Wait for ants to flock to it

    Step 3: Light them all on fire

    This may be less effective than other methods, but it is for sure the most fun...
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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by cbi1972 View Post
    Electrical appliances and boxes are usually safe and dry. One theory is that they die or are otherwise stressed by the electrical current, causing them to release alarm pheromones, drawing other ants to the location.
    I don't know about crazy ants but I have a crazy aunt that is pretty invasive.

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    IDK why, but some ants are attracted to current. I couple of times, I've had a wall switch go out and pulled the plate to discover a ball of ants shorting it out...
    This happened to the AC unit of a house we were renting. Three times in 6 months, ants got into the HVAC unit and shorted something out. This despite heavy pesticide use. I commented to the heating and air guys that this must be a crazy call to have ants screw something up 3 times in just 6 months. They told me it was actually quite common and usually happened around switches(?) where the current is only flowing when the unit is on. For some reason, the ants kept making a trail in between the "dead" connection, then the unit would come on and fry them. When the unit turned off, the ants would resume. Eventually the buildup of dead ants would either block the connection or screw something else up.

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    Re: Need help getting ants out of car

    Quote Originally Posted by G-VilleTider View Post
    This happened to the AC unit of a house we were renting. Three times in 6 months, ants got into the HVAC unit and shorted something out. This despite heavy pesticide use. I commented to the heating and air guys that this must be a crazy call to have ants screw something up 3 times in just 6 months. They told me it was actually quite common and usually happened around switches(?) where the current is only flowing when the unit is on. For some reason, the ants kept making a trail in between the "dead" connection, then the unit would come on and fry them. When the unit turned off, the ants would resume. Eventually the buildup of dead ants would either block the connection or screw something else up.
    The last time it happened to me, the buildup inside the switch just finally got so great the ants' bodies just insulated the common and the hot and wouldn't let a circuit be completed. The first thing I noticed, even before the switch stopped working, was that the switch started feeling sort of funky when turning it off and on...
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