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Old 10-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Help... Fire Ants in my top

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??

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Old 10-19-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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This is the first. Just blast some Raid In the holes ?

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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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?
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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Kill it. Kill it with fire


Then buy a new top
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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Nuke the entire top from orbit--it's the only way to be sure.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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Drop the top in a pool for a few hours. They will flee or die!!
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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I bet if you let it sit in the hot sun, it'll cook em out!
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:13 PM   #9
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If it was mine I would just fill all the ant hiding places with alcohol. It will kill the ants quickly and dry faster the water. It shouldn't hurt any of the top materials.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:46 PM   #10
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its junk I'll be by in a week or so to pick it up!
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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Hard top for sell?
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #12
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I knew a girl that got fire ants in her top before, it was not a pretty sight!
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Trade it for another hard top
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:50 AM   #14
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I would add something to the water like said above. After another one or two times you will get them out provided you don't let anymore in! If not soap maybe some bleach to avoid the mold.
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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!
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I knew a girl that got fire ants in her top before, it was not a pretty sight!
But fun to watch I bet ..
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But fun to watch I bet ..
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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
Did you look closely at the little critters? Maybe in their minds, they were just going home to momma.


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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 !

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