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Old 08-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Angry Ants love Camaros too

Looking for suggestions on how to get rid of ants.

Picked up my Camaro and noticed the next day that there were ants living in it. Aside from the rogue ant that appears around the center A/C vents, they only wander around the exterior. I was irked, but haven't let it bother me. Didn't go to the dealership to complain since it's 8+ hours away.

They frequent the hood linings, front fascia, lip spoiler, seams around the windshield/rear window, rear side markers, and area under the spoiler.

It's a perfect living situation for them. Enclosed hard to reach areas, the florida rain provides them plenty of water... they can be seen scurrying after the cars been rained on, and the bugs I collect from the highway keep them full.

I've had a run in with ants before. Prior to the Camaro, I had my '98 accord infiltrated by these nuisances. I bombed the accord and left it for a day to find that they didn't quite reach the areas the ants occupied. So I really don't know what to do. I've tried liquid baits as well as square igloo type baits and even washed the car clear of bugs before setting them.

I'm a bit wary of spraying Raid on the car... and from what I've read is that they will move around when they are stressed... I don't want them entering the interior.

I could always wait until the winter since i'll be in new york by then. The temperatures should freeze those summitches.. but I just don't feel its a good look to have ants visibly roaming free.. even if it is just on the outside.

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Old 08-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Is this the 2013? I'd take it to your local Chevy dealer and explain the situation. You shouldn't have to take it back to the dealer you bought it from, any dealer can fix it.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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YOu have ants and i have spiders, baby spiders at that. Just crawling all over the freaking car, inside and out, leaving mini threads of webbing behind.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Ants, that's just crazy. I guess living up here where it freezes is why I have never seen an ant problem in a car. I have a truck that is parked outside and the spiders like to make their webs in the wheel well area and sometimes those dang mud dauber wasps like to make nests on the engine in various places. I get the shop vac out and suck em up every once in a while.
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mix some honey with some boric acid and bait around where you believe they are originating from before getting on the car
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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YOu have ants and i have spiders, baby spiders at that. Just crawling all over the freaking car, inside and out, leaving mini threads of webbing behind.
Summertime = little spiders leaving highways of web trails all over the car. Whether its parked in the garage or outside, it happens. Yup, I've got them too.
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they make little ant traps with glue on them, you could stick those in the places you think they inhabit
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Set off a small bug bomb with the windows shut. When the bug bomb takes care of the ants then clean all of the surfaces that has chemicals on them. We had a spider outbreak along with a lady bug invasion both at the same time. We let off 5 bug bombs which took care of the any living bugs. There really wasn't much residue/smell from the bug bombs.

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Old 08-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #9
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I would take it to a dealer and have them do a complete inspection...They love Styrofoam I know, I had some pavers separated by foam once and left it in the yard for a couple weeks before starting the project, and they had made their colony all through the whole pallet in the styrophone dividers.

What Im leading to is I dont know what they may use as deadeners or if there is something they may of riddled similar to it, but its possible you have more than just the actual infestation that needs to be corrected.....take it by a dealer, as stated, any dealer will work, to look at it, if for nothing else, if you have problems further down the road you will have it on record as being a problem.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #10
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This just recently happened? I though you got your car awhile back...

EDIT: OH. You didn't let it bother you, but now you want them gone. GOTCHA!
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If you have a garage, put the car in and leave the windows down. Bug bomb the garage and the problem should be gone.
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Put a good spread of Ortho Home Defense or Raid barrier around and under the car to prevent any more from crawling onto the car and kill any that climb off.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:26 PM   #13
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Florida? Yep, used to happen to my old truck and old Rav4 all the time. We had a few ant piles that would gather nearby and then find a suitable home on/in the cars. The best thing was to spray for them around the nearby lawns and areas of the condos. Get rid of them from the source. By winter they might be gone anyways, and by next summer just make sure you use some preventative ant killing products
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:02 AM   #14
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I had a little spider problem once, as a matter of fact, I had one bite my girlfriend's a$$ and it really burned her up They mostly like to form a web between the mirror and window on the door. Let me tell you what I did though, you take a lighter and burn the bastards (careful of the paint) and before I knew it, they were gone inside and out >
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #15
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Thanks all for the replies and advice!

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Is this the 2013? I'd take it to your local Chevy dealer and explain the situation. You shouldn't have to take it back to the dealer you bought it from, any dealer can fix it.
I was thinking about this... however I've been doubting their abilities/willingness to do anything without me shelling out $$. I will see what they can do though when the 2014s finally get there.


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YOu have ants and i have spiders, baby spiders at that. Just crawling all over the freaking car, inside and out, leaving mini threads of webbing behind.
lol.. I get them too every now and then.. but its usually 1 or 2 small ones that I see once and then they disappear.


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Ants, that's just crazy. I guess living up here where it freezes is why I have never seen an ant problem in a car. I have a truck that is parked outside and the spiders like to make their webs in the wheel well area and sometimes those dang mud dauber wasps like to make nests on the engine in various places. I get the shop vac out and suck em up every once in a while.
Yep. When I was in NY this problem was unheard of. Down here I've asked some people and they give me these .. that or recommend raid or bombing.. seems fairly common though.. most of the time they tell me they've had the same issue. I sure hope I never have a wasp problem.. hate things with stingers.


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mix some honey with some boric acid and bait around where you believe they are originating from before getting on the car
this sounds like an idea.. I will definitely try this if the garage bomb fails


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Summertime = little spiders leaving highways of web trails all over the car. Whether its parked in the garage or outside, it happens. Yup, I've got them too.
yep... whenever I park at my uncle's farm, I come back to see those threads =/


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they make little ant traps with glue on them, you could stick those in the places you think they inhabit
glue? I've tried the liquid ones that are supposed to attract them all with a delayed poison that will wipe everyone out. the videos on youtube looked promising, but didn't work for me.. so many different ant species and different baits to use its sucks.


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Set off a small bug bomb with the windows shut. When the bug bomb takes care of the ants then clean all of the surfaces that has chemicals on them. We had a spider outbreak along with a lady bug invasion both at the same time. We let off 5 bug bombs which took care of the any living bugs. There really wasn't much residue/smell from the bug bombs.

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I tried this in my accord and there were still ants crawling around.. my theory is that when the fumes spread to leak outside it dilutes and isnt enough to kill the ones living in well ventilated crevices.


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I would take it to a dealer and have them do a complete inspection...They love Styrofoam I know, I had some pavers separated by foam once and left it in the yard for a couple weeks before starting the project, and they had made their colony all through the whole pallet in the styrophone dividers.

What Im leading to is I dont know what they may use as deadeners or if there is something they may of riddled similar to it, but its possible you have more than just the actual infestation that needs to be corrected.....take it by a dealer, as stated, any dealer will work, to look at it, if for nothing else, if you have problems further down the road you will have it on record as being a problem.
wow. thanks for pointing that out. i really hope that's not the case. i have heard of some ants being attracted to electrical housings and when there are enough of them they can mess things up real good there.. and now there's this.. really appreciate the advice


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This just recently happened? I though you got your car awhile back...

EDIT: OH. You didn't let it bother you, but now you want them gone. GOTCHA!
heh... yeah.. it wasn't until yesterday when i saw so many of them.. they say that ones roaming around are only 5%~10% of the whole colony.. so after seeing so many, i thought i'd be time to see if i could get rid of em.


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If you have a garage, put the car in and leave the windows down. Bug bomb the garage and the problem should be gone.
omg.. this. i don't know why i didn't think of it..
this should clear the problem right up... thanks

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Put a good spread of Ortho Home Defense or Raid barrier around and under the car to prevent any more from crawling onto the car and kill any that climb off.
yepp.. I've learned to do this round these parts =P


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Florida? Yep, used to happen to my old truck and old Rav4 all the time. We had a few ant piles that would gather nearby and then find a suitable home on/in the cars. The best thing was to spray for them around the nearby lawns and areas of the condos. Get rid of them from the source. By winter they might be gone anyways, and by next summer just make sure you use some preventative ant killing products
when i used to visit florida i hated mosquitos. but i realize ants are actually the real pests... at home there are fire ants and these other small fast bright red little bastards.. good thing they stay outside though. cars safe in the garage


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I had a little spider problem once, as a matter of fact, I had one bite my girlfriend's a$$ and it really burned her up They mostly like to form a web between the mirror and window on the door. Let me tell you what I did though, you take a lighter and burn the bastards (careful of the paint) and before I knew it, they were gone inside and out >
haha.. yeah that's usually my weapon of choice against spiders. eats their web and when they hang off a single strand they're done.
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Terro...its made of borax ..like in the soap, and will not hurt animals if eaten yet does attract and kill ants in time....I have used it for decades.....just put some on a piece of cardboard by the car, and refill as necessary as it will harden if not depleted by lines of chowing ants.
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Terro...its made of borax ..like in the soap, and will not hurt animals if eaten yet does attract and kill ants in time....I have used it for decades.....just put some on a piece of cardboard by the car, and refill as necessary as it will harden if not depleted by lines of chowing ants.
This is the liquid bait that I had actually tried. After seeing reviews and watching the videos I was amazed and, excitedly, i tried it that night. Placed on lip spoiler, behind lip spoiler by wheel well, as well as the ant trails along the roof. I had given the car a bath to rid the exterior of bug residue that might possibly distract them from the terro. Was dismayed to find they were there untouched the next morning... I went so far as to grab some and place them on the bait so they could alert their buddies.. nothing.. I chalked it up to the reads online that said different bait for different ant types...

I will be bombing the garage this weekend!

I do appreciate the tip though
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Are these Fire Ants and do you park your car outside (not garaged)?
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Are these Fire Ants and do you park your car outside (not garaged)?
No, not fire ants.... thank god. At home it is in a garage free of any ants. At work, where there are a lot of ants, I park it outside.. but I make sure to spray around to keep them out of the car.. but that just made me realize some may jump on board when it rains... damn florida weather..
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When I had my firebird in Florida the same thing happened. Do not bug bomb or use raid, it wreaks havoc on your plastics. What actually solved it for me was cinnamon, I basically made a perimeter in the door sills, trunk, and even hood area. It messes with the ant's way of navigating, its like removing all of the signs from a hiking trail and they will stop coming back.

When I had this problem, there was no food in the car and it was detailed bi-weekly, I tried all of the raid and ant killing stuff but in the end the cinnamon solved my issue. Best of luck.
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Looking for suggestions on how to get rid of ants.

Any help is appreciated.
I had that problem last year, I bought these no pest strips, cut top out of package (so that strip is exposed, but won't touch carpet) and slide under drivers seat. That handles inside problems, for outside, cinnamon works about as well as sevin dust without chemicals. Just sprinkle on your driveway.
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