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Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 04, 2017 06:59PM
alarm going off, but no power interruption. Checking things out and found thousands of ants swarming around the top and back of my APC UPC device. Vacuumed as much as I could. Wonder what else I should do?



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 04, 2017 07:04PM
Paint it with Terro Liquid Ant Killer.



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 04, 2017 07:53PM
Now you know APC's secret to success in the marketplace: Ants Provide Continuity.



It is what it is.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: billb
Date: May 04, 2017 07:57PM
Sanctuary APC.
You're gonna have to move out.
Sorry.



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 04, 2017 08:14PM
Once I found a small ant NEST behind my UPS, I saw those small larvae. There were 100 or so. I killed them all and never saw ants in that area.

There is an ORTHO spray that works really well. I buy a large jug, it comes with a battery pump and I spray around the house several times per year. works great.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 04, 2017 08:29PM
So after several vacuums, I've got most of them sucked up. But there are more inside. I've placed the APC in the freezer. That should kill them. Then I'll take the unit apart and see what's inside.

Love the comments so far....



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: michaelb
Date: May 04, 2017 08:35PM
These are carpenter ants? They like the heat, so that is why they were in there.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: datbeme
Date: May 04, 2017 09:16PM
This is encouraging. I was just debating whether it would be a good idea to put my new NAS and UPS in the crawl space where all my cabling is centralized. I've had a modem, router and switch there for years, but this dark area tends to attract it's share of spiderwebs.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: May 04, 2017 09:34PM
around here ants sometimes swarm the electronics of your outside AC unit.

often shorting out the contactor.

no cooling until that's replaced.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: artie67
Date: May 05, 2017 01:08AM
Looks like ants and electromagnetic fields issue.

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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: modelamac
Date: May 05, 2017 08:16AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Now you know APC's secret to success in the marketplace: Ants Provide Continuity.

Very well put!smiley-laughing001



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: michaelb
Date: May 05, 2017 08:29AM
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artie67
Looks like ants and electromagnetic fields issue.

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I am not seeing anything there that would be a source for a connection to EM fields? Really just curious. there are articles about when ants get killed by shock they attract other ants for defense.

Ants like small dark tight places to nest. They like heat. so if there were a bunch of dead ants, they maybe that was it. But if this was a happy nest of carpenter ants, I would still go with the heat + dark + protected space theory.
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 05, 2017 08:34AM
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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 05, 2017 10:21AM
....if you place a nice pair of pants nearby will they go to the pants instead....so you can now have ants....in your pants.....???



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 05, 2017 12:41PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Now you know APC's secret to success in the marketplace: Ants Provide Continuity.

LOL



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Re: Ants in my APC power supply
Posted by: AllGold
Date: May 06, 2017 08:47PM
Nearly every year, I get ants trying to nest in my mailbox, which is your standard mailbox on a post by the road. All it takes to get rid of them is to leave the mailbox door open. It usually takes several tries of leaving the door open because after they're gone and you keep the door closed they return.



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