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Old 21st December 2009, 16:52   #16
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Alternatively you could get one of these and keep them in your garage
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hahaha nice one...............
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Old 21st December 2009, 22:53   #18
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3. Always ensure that in and around your house, the ants dont have any access to garlic!

Yes Garlic!!!

This is very important 'cos if you feed them garlic, the 'lil buggers will then invade your car again in search of breath mints!
Thats a good one

I have cleaned up the car thoroughly, hope they are gone for good. Got my fingers crossed.
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Old 25th July 2010, 11:10   #19
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Hi all,

I am faci g a peculiar problem with my car. My Indica vista is infested with ants and i don't know how. I have an open parking for my car and off late i started seeing lot of ants inside the car.

Can any one let me know the solution for this ants menance.

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Old 25th July 2010, 11:58   #20
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I had faced this issue on the outside and engine bay, on close inspection I found they were moving away from the heat hiding behind the doors etc after a drive and I carried Mortien insect spray to get rid of them.

Then I found that once parked, they would come out only after 30 min all over the roof etc. Again I had to use the spray all over the body and inside the engine bay. This required close attention and readiness for spray action for upto a month before I could get them off entirely.

If you are parking on or near an ant house, move away from it.
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I'd a different issue that the ants would hide somewhere in the parked car & when the A/C blower is switched ON, the ants would be blown along with the air. Didn't know what to do, but after a regular service the ants disappeared. May be an unclean bonnet or some insects dead under the hood caused this issue.

Like @dadu says, Mortein works the best; even better than Hit or Baygon as we experience this at home. If the issue still persists, use anti ant powder surrounding the car or get ride of any ant house near your parking lot.
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Mortein Tried and tested at my end too.

my kid dropped some sweets (one of the famous Allahabadi Gulab Jamun) and the sugar syrup invited a lots of Ants, its was scary driving when you have 2-3 ants moving on your hands or trying to pinch you in pants, EEK.

I cleaned the floor mat with soap water, and sprayed Mortein a few times, when car was parked at end of day, but after every spray and a few hours later rolled down window so it doesn't smells too much, next day.

with this done 3-4 times in a week, my car is now quite hated by Ants.
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Thanks a lot for all your advices. Let me try this in my car - only question, Can spraying Mortein on the car colour spoil it by any chance??
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Old 26th July 2010, 10:12   #24
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Hi Kailash,

I can suggest you to switch on the heater in your car and let it run for 15-20 mins. Leave a small gap in one window open for the ants to run out. It worked for me in my Santro. All the ants in the blower ducts etc all dead or ran away. Laxman Rekha also works. You need to break it into powder form and place it in strategic locations.

Goes without saying that no one should be in the car.

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Kailash,
Even i had the same problem, but in my case it was mostly in the narrow passages of the rubber beading all around the car. They were using it as if it was there 4 laned highway, right from the front bonnet to back boot. I too used Laxman Rekha and also DDT powder. Left it for few hours and then cleaned with water to remove any powder left in the bleadings, just to ensure that these powders do not give me any side effects on the bleadings.
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I too used Laxman Rekha and also DDT powder. Left it for few hours and then cleaned with water to remove any powder left in the bleadings, just to ensure that these powders do not give me any side effects on the bleadings.
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DDT powder works best but it is unfortunately banned. Almost impossible to source legally.

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DDT powder works best but it is unfortunately banned. Almost impossible to source legally.

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Oh, is it really. I didn't know about it. My father in law had a full big packet of DDT and i used it extensively to drive away the intruders.
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Please do not use DDT. There is a good reason why it is banned (though it is still being manufactured & used)

For a more environment friendly solution please use Haldi (turmeric) powder. It will drive away Ants but be careful to use it outside the car or on surfaces which will not get yellowed due to it or are easily washable eg Beadings, plastic foot mats etc. If it doesnt get wet, the turmeric powder probably wont leave any yellow stains.
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Thanks a lot for all your advices. Let me try this in my car - only question, Can spraying Mortein on the car colour spoil it by any chance??
No it does not. If you want an organic way of removing ants then I can suggest two things that I have used: 1. Turn on the heater and operate it for a while with a little opening of the window. 2. Sprinkle black peppers on the floor. It will serve the same purpose as a barrier type of insect spray.
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If you feel your car has colony of ants, use the Boric Powder method.

take little flour, mix some sugar powder and boric powder. make it like dough, using water.

make small balls and place somewhere in car for few days, and if your car had queen ant multiplying ants, she's be dead soon.

This method also works great for kitchen ants/roaches.

Infact the sugar makes them eat, and boric powder makes their stomach fail.
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