So I took my hard top off and set it on the ground outside my house for a couple of days. I went to clean it up and put it back on when I noticed fire ants had made a home on one side of it where the 2X4's I had the top resting on met the ground. I got the hose, but they crawled into the small holes for the hatch on the top. I have tried flushing them out, I am not sure what else to do??
Well I flushed the hollow parts of the top with water and some nymph's and a queen and a bunch of worker ants came out. Letting it dry and do it again, I am wondering if other than raid if there is something I should spray in the hollow part of my top to prevent mold or even worse, nasty smell?
Add a little soap (just a very little is all it takes) to the water. Soap will make the water "wetter" so it can get in the ants' spiracles (little holes in their sides they breath through) and kill them quickly. Plain water won't get in the tiny spiracles, so it won't kill them unless they are submerged for a long time.
2012 JKU Rubicon
I used raid on the top (was a pain getting it into the small gaps). Waited for 2 hours and did it again. After two more hours there were no more ants so I rinsed it twice and then rinsed and cleaned the inside with bleach and water. I made a weird funnel and hooked up a shop vac as a blower attached to the large hole by the rear wiper motor and let it dry for three hours. Good as new. No smell and no more fire ants!
Do spiders eat fire ants ? If so, then bring it next to mine ! I left my hard top on 2x4 in the backyard all summer long. I installed it 3 weeks ago, and I have spider webs everywhere since then. Our youngest daughter doesn't want to come in my Jeep anymore !