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Old 05-06-2013, 03:27 PM   #21
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^^ Well, you can always try chemical warfare. Ants use scent trails to direct other ants in the colony to food sources, dangers, and so on. If ants are returning to that area over and over, it's likely been marked by such a scent trail. That scent can be easily overwhelmed by any strong chemical odor (perfume, Lysol spray, etc). Treat the area several times over a week or so and see if the problem disappears.

By the way, this same tactic can be used to completely destroy an ant nest. Stir up the nest using a stick or similar. Dig deep to get as many warrior ants to the surface as possible. Once enough warrior ants are on the surface to defend the nest, spray them with Lysol spray (the ammonia stings them and the perfume masks the scent of the other ants in the colony). Those warrior ants will then go about the task of killing every single ant (a perceived enemy) in the colony. Afterwards, they'll die because there are no worker ants finding food to feed them.
I have got to try this to get rid of the ants outside, looks like fun
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By the way, this same tactic can be used to completely destroy an ant nest. Stir up the nest using a stick or similar. Dig deep to get as many warrior ants to the surface as possible. Once enough warrior ants are on the surface to defend the nest, spray them with Lysol spray (the ammonia stings them and the perfume masks the scent of the other ants in the colony). Those warrior ants will then go about the task of killing every single ant (a perceived enemy) in the colony. Afterwards, they'll die because there are no worker ants finding food to feed them.
That's some wild $hit right there! lol
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I have got to try this to get rid of the ants outside, looks like fun
Just make sure not to wait too long between stirring up the nest and getting the heck out of there. You want enough warrior ants on the surface to do the job (wait for it), but remember they'll spread out searching for whatever is attacking their nest. That means you. Watch carefully, spray the Lysol, and then find somewhere else to be.

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That's some wild $hit right there! lol
LOL. True. But it really does work. I've done it many times - perfecting the system each time. If it wasn't for the risk of getting bitten by the ants (or, in my case, bitten by the resulting lawsuits), I'd package it as a product for sale.
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One word: SUGAR
It attracts ants like no other, you haven't spilled a soda or lost a piece of candy under the seat or something have you? They could be trying to get in just for that. You'd be amazed what they will do for sugar.
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Just make sure not to wait too long between stirring up the nest and getting the heck out of there. You want enough warrior ants on the surface to do the job (wait for it), but remember they'll spread out searching for whatever is attacking their nest. That means you. Watch carefully, spray the Lysol, and then find somewhere else to be.
I'll burn the ones that wander too far

I've sprayed bug killer in my neighbors house to mine before and they're back, a good 60 foot trail of ants that is going to die soon.
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Nothing, they are coming out the door, the little holes about 6-8" back from your hand.

Nothing in the truck, still nothing under the seat, no food, just the door and door sill
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I have to park under some kind of oak tree outside that constantly drops sh*t, ants included - was seeing alot of ants and they finally made it inside - used some ortho ant baits (liquid) for a couple of days and they dried up and got gone - put one in the bed (it's covered with an undercover) and one in the cab
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Nothing, they are coming out the door, the little holes about 6-8" back from your hand.

Nothing in the truck, still nothing under the seat, no food, just the door and door sill
The drain holes in the bottom of the door ?
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The drain holes in the bottom of the door ?
Yep and I put some Raid in the holes so far got a bunch of dead ones every day coming out.
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Sounds like they made their nest in there. See even ants know a good truck when they see one...


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Yep and I put some Raid in the holes so far got a bunch of dead ones every day coming out.
I wonder if you can pop out those drain plugs and put some ant killer in the door cavity
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What kind of ants, are they fire ants or common black ones? Has the truck been parked in an area where there was a long flooding rain or anything? For example, the entire area completely under water several inches for hours.

That's happened before in a section of my back yard due to a local flooding problem. That section was one of my fire ant problem areas too. But the flood drowned most of them off for several years after that.

Except for the one queen ant that happened to float over and escape into my pop-up camper sitting there. And apparently she did not want to return to the dirt so she started the new nest right in the bed corner inside the camper. She had all the workers bring the dirt up to her.
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These are just the little black ants.
As I said I park on concrete, no standing water.
We have had rain and lots of it but this has been on going in the door like sonething they are after.

Wonder of some guy on the line put his lunch inside the door....
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I wonder if you can pop out those drain plugs and put some ant killer in the door cavity
There are no plugs just the holes in the bottom of the door.
They are open and about 1/8" to 1/4" dia.
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There are no plugs just the holes in the bottom of the door.
They are open and about 1/8" to 1/4" dia.
You're right , I was thinking about the ones just under the door on the cab

Worst case scenario you could remove the inner door panel like you would for a speaker installation
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Then go get a can of Bengal roach/ant spray at any store. It is a little pricey ($10 or so a can) but it works the best out of all the supermarket shelf products. It has a straw attachment and it is kind of a dry powdery spray with no lingering odor of any kind.

Spray that in the holes and I will buy lunch if they come back in there this year anytime.
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They have a colony in your door. Take the panel off and clean it out. Problem solved.
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They have a colony in your door. Take the panel off and clean it out. Problem solved.
This is probably the best way to make sure you really get rid of them.
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