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Old 09-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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I keep finding ants..

Keep finding ants in my jeep. Not fire ants, just really small sugar ants. I first noticed them after hurricane Isaac. My friend says its no big deal and that they just moved into my garage to find a dry spot. I haven't noticed them in the cab only on the body panels, and just now a few in the trunk/bed. My dad says its nothing and that they'll leave when everything out. I don't know if they are in the car or the garage, but I want to get rid of them. Any one know what I should do? Do you think they're just checking it out while it's in the garage, or trying to move in?

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I don't like ants!

I'd spray some Raid in the Jeep and there is a powder I use on the ground. I'm out right now but I think it was called something like Multi-purpose insect powder and I get it from Ace hardware.

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll pick some up. Do any of those make a particularly bad smell/mess I would need to clean up? I sprinkled some ant poison around my garage today, but I didn't put any in the jeep yet.
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Boric acid, check your local hardware store. Great for roaches, too.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:58 PM   #5
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i parked the nose of my car into a bush in italy while camping. only stayed one night. 5 days later we were driving through austria into germany and literally hundreds of ants just started racing across my windscreen. we pulled the car over immediately and found a backpack with food in it that was completely raided with thousands of the bastards. we were jumping all over shaking them off. definitely a scene to passing motorists!

it took over 2 years for them to go away! every so often you'd find one crawling on you... i think i probably violated some laws bringing italian ants into the uk..

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
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They haven't done anything to bother me, but I can't stand the thought of those little devils living in my baby, and I'll throw anything at them until they are all gone.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #7
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I hate ants. Make sure there is no food or spilled beverages on the inside of your Jeep. Anything sweet will attract ants.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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Terro

Get a bottle of Terro at the local hardware, Lowes, Walmart, etc. Put a small portion on one of the cardboard slides that come with it. Place it on the floor of the jeep and a few around the garage. No more sugar ants.

If you watch them, they will be lined up around the Terro and a trail of them back to their nest.
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I have some of the little Terro Trays for at home that seem to work. The ants grab the poison and take it back to the nest where it completely wipes them out. I put one on my desk and in a hour it was covered with ants. Haven't had any ants since and it has been 2 days.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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I just realized something.. There are sugar ants near the spot where I eat lunch at school. I guess they hitched a ride on my backpack. I found very few ants today, and I am going to try to vacuum the bed and My parents might have some of those Terro things. This thread almost reminds me of marinehawks finch issue, just not as bad :P
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Well I dropped by Walmart to pick up some poison. I grabbed a few of these
They're supposed to grab some poison and bring it back to the nest, but seeing as I don't think they have a nest in my Jeep, are they just going to drag the poison everywhere? And what about when they did? Are there going to be a ton of dead ants just chilling in the cracks of my dash?
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Use windex, it has amonia in it.Amonia will get rid of most bugs,ants,spiders ect.I use it every spring to fall. have a nice day and good luck.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:54 PM   #13
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Never found an ant. But one time I found an uncle lying naked in the front yard.
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All that other stuff isnt just toxic, its chemical and poison.

Boric acid is naturally occuring, and while technically toxic, its less toxic than salt.

Mix 1:1 with sugar, syrup, peanutbutter, or food scraps on a piece of cardboard. It is a VERY mild acid, but contact of the exoskeleton is enough to kill the ant/roach/palmetto/siverfish and others, and ingestion is faster. It dries them out and kills by dehydration.

Very inexpensive, available everywhere. Good luck!
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Well thanks for all the help, they're swarming around the poison now. I guess I'll just go to the carwash to use there vac after there dead.
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Never found an ant. But one time I found an uncle lying naked in the front yard.
As an Uncle, I aim not to let that happen. Its gonna be a long long road, lmao.
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All that other stuff isnt just toxic, its chemical and poison.

Boric acid is naturally occuring, and while technically toxic, its less toxic than salt.

Mix 1:1 with sugar, syrup, peanutbutter, or food scraps on a piece of cardboard. It is a VERY mild acid, but contact of the exoskeleton is enough to kill the ant/roach/palmetto/siverfish and others, and ingestion is faster. It dries them out and kills by dehydration.

Very inexpensive, available everywhere. Good luck!
I was wondering about the what's going to happen to the poison when I'm done. I mean I don't think it kills the ants instantly, so not only will I have dead ants in all the little cracks and crevices, but what will happen to the poison? Is it going to leave a smell, or anything crazy like that? The active ingredient is hydramethylnon.
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I was wondering about the what's going to happen to the poison when I'm done. I mean I don't think it kills the ants instantly, so not only will I have dead ants in all the little cracks and crevices, but what will happen to the poison? Is it going to leave a smell, or anything crazy like that? The active ingredient is hydramethylnon.
If it does smell itll wain fast, couple of days or a week tops. I think youll be able to vacuum them out fairly well, if not its a good reason to get rid of the carpet

Fyi you dont want a pile of boric acid in your jeep, either. Its like weak salt.
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If it does smell itll wain fast, couple of days or a week tops. I think youll be able to vacuum them out fairly well, if not its a good reason to get rid of the carpet

Fyi you dont want a pile of boric acid in your jeep, either. Its like weak salt.
Haha, I threw the carpet out about a month ago (funny story, me and my gf got drenched. Way to start a date!) as long as the poison doesn't, I don't know, burn through the sheet metal then I'm pretty much ok. I was just so sick of those ants!
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You don't need to actually kill the ants. Helps and makes the process faster. But all you have to do it kill their path. Or clean it. That's how you get rid of them. Trust me. My counter top was moving one morning. And I scrubbed clorox wipes where they came in and sealed off their hole, boom gone. Just find the nest or where ever they are coming in at
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You don't need to actually kill the ants. Helps and makes the process faster. But all you have to do it kill their path. Or clean it. That's how you get rid of them. Trust me. My counter top was moving one morning. And I scrubbed clorox wipes where they came in and sealed off their hole, boom gone. Just find the nest or where ever they are coming in at
I think they rode in on my backpack, so I'm just going to be VERY careful about where I put it at school I don't think any more will be getting in.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:43 PM   #22
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Do y'all think that I'll get rid of all the ants with the poison, or just most?
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I don't think you will have a problem with ants after the trap. Keep the tray in there for at least two nights and let any that survive get more poison.
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Ok, thanks man.
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Ok, so when I woke up there were a ton of dead ants. I vacuumed them up and found some still alive, but not many are still using the traps
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Dryer sheets under the seat .. They go straight for it!!
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... but not many are still using the traps
Those little commies share everything. There may be a stragler or two, but the majority should cintinue dying off.
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Those little commies share everything. There may be a stragler or two, but the majority should cintinue dying off.
Ok good to know. It was just one guy said the ants lingered in his car for 2 years after, just wanted to make sure.
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All that other stuff isnt just toxic, its chemical and poison.

Boric acid is naturally occuring, and while technically toxic, its less toxic than salt.

Mix 1:1 with sugar, syrup, peanutbutter, or food scraps on a piece of cardboard. It is a VERY mild acid, but contact of the exoskeleton is enough to kill the ant/roach/palmetto/siverfish and others, and ingestion is faster. It dries them out and kills by dehydration.

Very inexpensive, available everywhere. Good luck!

The Terro bait stations are boric acid in sugar solution. The ammounts present aren't toxic to humans. They work great for sugar ants, BTW

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