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Ants!?!

Ok so I just moved into a new place and after leaving my Commander parked all weekend I noticed ants running all around my roof racks. When I opened the door they were EVERYWHERE inside. What gives? Its not just my car either as all my roomates cars are infested. Any clue as to how to take care of this problem?

And before someone asks....no there is not any candy or sweets in the car, I'm all about sweets but c'mon.

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Ok so I just moved into a new place and after leaving my Commander parked all weekend I noticed ants running all around my roof racks. When I opened the door they were EVERYWHERE inside. What gives? Its not just my car either as all my roomates cars are infested. Any clue as to how to take care of this problem?

And before someone asks....no there is not any candy or sweets in the car, I'm all about sweets but c'mon.
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Make sure they dont start stripping it down....if you see a wheel walking by its your's....they're clever them darn ants!!!

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I'd imagine that ant traps would be the way to go. Or bomb the interior. I've never used a bomb, but I'd imagine it'd be just as safe in a vehicle as it is in a house. Something to consider. Good luck with that, though!


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I'd imagine that ant traps would be the way to go. Or bomb the interior. I've never used a bomb, but I'd imagine it'd be just as safe in a vehicle as it is in a house. Something to consider. Good luck with that, though!
It always seems that ants just run around bait traps. Do you think using a bomb will leave a permanent scent behind?

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It always seems that ants just run around bait traps. Do you think using a bomb will leave a permanent scent behind?
I doubt it would be a permanent smell, but figure it would linger for a week or two. Probably your best bet to really knock them out.

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That's a really strange problem. If you manage to get rid of them, put a circle of grease or something sticky on the ground in a circle around all four of your tires. That should keep the little buggers off and out of your rig.

Or better yet, just put a thin layer of grease on your front and rear axle shaft. If you think about it, the only way an ant can make it up to your roof or inside your interior is if it climbs the tires and then walk along the axle shafts. Every one of those ants must have taken that path to get up to the body unless it has some amazing jumping abilities. I started this post off as a joke, but seriously....how else can they get up there?

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The down side to a bomb is that you have to clean up all the ant bodies, but I have never heard of this problem before so I am without suggestion as well. It sounds like too many ants for an ant trap but I would imagine there would be a spray you could use instead of grease.





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The Ant Exorcism

Monday, October 08, 2007
The Ant Exorcism
If you are an avid reader of this Blog (and let's be honest, why wouldn't you be?) you would notice that back in January I made this post about ants invading my apartment. http://torchness2.blogspot.com/2007/...ller-ants.html

I've had a few issues with ants since then, but nothing quite so bad as what happened to me this weekend.

You see, while I was spending the past week caring for my little brother, I was not at home. Apparently my 5'6'' frame galumphing around my apartment is enough to scare a few batches of ants, but while I'm away they seemingly ran rampant. I came back on Saturday to find that they bore a hole in the paneling by my bathroom floor, and suddenly there was a veritable nest of ants.

I should have taken a picture of it, but alas my new camera was broken (super, thanks Nikon, you suck). Imagine this: you come home, sit on the toilet to do your business, and see on the wall opposite from you, a fistful of ants. Swarming all over your wall, like they do around a fallen chip or cookie.

As I had not decided to continue picnics in the bathroom, I was curious as to why the ants picked that particular area to invade. I sprinkled borax powder on the floor and laid ant traps near the opening. To no avail. The little bastards went around the borax and started tromping their way on the carpet outside of my bathroom, and into my closet, and around my bedroom door, presumably on the way to the kitchen to get what will always be the inappropriate midnight sandwich snack.

I finally decided: it was time to close the gaps. I borrowed a tube of caulk from my dad, and spent part of last night plugging up any hole I saw an ant sneak out of. Oh, and you know what I did to the swarm of ants? Yep, I vacuumed them up. Every 15 minutes I would go back into the bathroom and suck up about 10 more ants. Die, suckers!

24 hours later, there are only 1 or 2 stray ants trying to poke their way back into the nest. And they can't. It gives me a maniacal glee to watch them try to get under the floorboards and fail. Ants 0, Torchness 2. Yahtzee.

*Note: I wanted to make a dirty joke using the word "Caulk," but I figured that since I know at least a few adults who read my blog (I know technically I am an adult, but I still refuse to think of myself in that manner privately, even when I am wearing a suit), I should refrain. Please silently applaud my self control. Thanks.
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I too am now having a little ant problem at home. What a pain...

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wow, I've never heard of ants invading an automobile. Do you keep food or open drinks in there?
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