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Old 27th July 2010, 06:58   #31
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Almost impossible to source legally.
Not really. Go to any kirana shop, ask for "ant powder" and you will get it.
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Old 27th July 2010, 13:42   #32
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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.
This is by far the best and safest method. It will kill the queen. Don't waste too much time with the other ants. The queen will replace them faster than you can get rid of them.
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Old 19th October 2010, 11:06   #33
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Default Ants Flying from the AC !!

I have a unique problem. There are black ants flying out from the blower when i switch on my AC. The AC is in internal circulation mode. I have got the blower cleaned twice, but still the ants keep flying out.

It is quite irritating. We have tried put naphthalene balls(powdered) in the duct but still not much use. The service guy is to use HIT and leave it for a day by not using the car and then see. The other option is completely open the dashboard and get it cleaned.

Anyone faced this situation ? Any pointers ?

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Old 19th October 2010, 11:11   #34
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Default Not ants but roaches

In my old Alto, I had problems of small roaches. A nice dose of HIT (see to it that you don't spray it on transparent plastic/Dash as it leaves stains. Dash stains can be cleaned to a certain extent but stains on transparent plastic cannot be removed) and then kept the car in the hot sun for a day with all windows rolled up did wonders. Never faced the problem again.

You can try it out too.

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Old 1st November 2011, 12:52   #36
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I am facing a big problem because of ants. I had sprayed hit on the tyres and below the mats of my car just before i left for home for diwali. After five days when i came back i saw ants were still there in the car, infact even more this time. Also i noticed a lot of dead ants on the seats and below the mats, possibly because of the insecticide.

is there a permanent solution for this. spraying insecticide and making your own car a graveyard isnt a right solution. has anyone used laxman rekha , how effective is it?
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I just bought a 2009 Vista and had got the interiors completely cleaned professionally. 2 days back I noticed ants moving behind the glass surface of the HEAD UNIT !! when i removed the head unit, there was a big bunch of red ants moving around. Immediately, i removed the entire music system and took it home and placed some honey near it. a few thousands of ants came out and then i did some visual check and noticed that there were still quite a few staying back in between the thin metal layers of the music system. tried blowing them off. once I was sure all were gone, put the music system back.

Today i noticed that there are still many red ants ( and a white powdery substance in other parts of the car - may be ant eggs )

i am clueless what these ants are surviving on ? there is no bad smell indicating a dead animal on which the ants might be feeding ?

How do i get rid of these buggers permaently ?
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Ahh! quite an old thread, but still relevant today.

I have open car parking just besides many big trees including coconut trees. Occassionally, I dont use the car for many days, so vehicle is stationery. Luckily my car isnt that vulnerable to coconut fall, but few other vehicles in our compound were earlier damanged. The dry leaves keep falling and get stuck in the crevices of vehicle - routinely doing car wash cleans but some debris surely gets stuck deep inside (eg under front cowl or beadings), such debris can invite rust or insects.

Speaking of Ants : I believe the ants love the coconut trees, I have seen them running on the trees and leaves. Maybe because of the long leaves hanging and sometimes touching my vehicle, the ants maybe sliding or jumping on my vehicle.
They are dancing all over my car. Often I have been applying LaxmanRekha (for cockroaches pack) lines on the rubber beadings (some inside spots are their colony!), door inner edges, bonnet panels (not engine side), and sometimes draw lines over roof too, most importantly to avoid them getting inside the car. Few times somehow ants did enter inside, and I put some lines to get rid of them successfully. These LaxmanRekha lines do work surely, wherever they are applied. Maybe the chemical kills the ants when they walk (eat) over it, and even restrict the movement across the lines.

However after a full car wash (or monsoon season like now), the lines are washed and ants again reappearing.
Latest case: The car was used less these day, and yesterday evening I saw lots of ants across. I had kept the car door open just for a minute to place some luggage, and noticed just few ants sneaked inside the car! Immediately went to nearby garage for full washing (first using diesel, and then shampoo), and quickly reapplied the LaxmanRekha lines on the rubber beadings, and I was hopeful that washing (smell & cleaning) will avoid the ants. And today morning again I saw ants roaming around, so again re-applied the lines and spray some handy WD40 (I guess the smell would repel the ants).

I will get the long leaves cut, maybe restrict the ants coming down on my vehicle. I even sprayed bit WD40/Diesel on the dry branches of tree - not sure if that worked, but rains surely washed it!
I havnt noticed ants running on my car tyres, but many times noticed on the ground itself. What more can be done to get rid the ants - outside and inside the car ?

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