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I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: July 13, 2009 02:29PM
So I went downstairs to the basement this AM and found that it was around 80º. Yeesh! That was all I needed. Called the HVAC guys and after a cursory inspection they informed me that ants and crawled into the unit and had gotten between a contact point and a switch that connects when the unit comes on. Their little dead bodies had clumped together so much, they kept the unit from making the connection. The switch was nice and burnt. They told me thats not as uncommon as i had thought. Weird.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2009 02:30PM by bazookaman.
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 13, 2009 02:40PM
I'd just spray RAID around the outside perimeter of the unit and see if that keeps them away.
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: billb
Date: July 13, 2009 03:01PM
Are these the ants that are attracted to electricity / magnetic fields ?
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: artie67
Date: July 13, 2009 03:59PM
Beware of "Them" [www.imdb.com]
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 13, 2009 04:32PM
Quote
billb
Are these the ants that are attracted to electricity / magnetic fields ?

For some reason, ants seem to have a special affinity towards my microwave. Some of them survive getting nuked, but they sure do scurry around quickly after that.
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: srf1957
Date: July 13, 2009 04:40PM
phase IV
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 13, 2009 05:08PM
That happened to my a couple of summer ago. According to the repairman, ants ARE attracted to the electrical fields, plus the moisture around the units. He advised I kill the ants, kill'em hard. I bought a pump bottle of ant killer, dug a hole in the middle of the colony, poured the liquid in w/a funnel and covered it. It appears to be an ant Chernobyl!
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: Lee3
Date: July 13, 2009 07:09PM
I used to have that problem too. Had to take the cover off, clean the contacts (after pulling the fuse). Gets old real fast. Since it happens on the hottest days of the year, it seems.

I found some ant bait called Amdro. It works real good on the Argentine ants we have in So Calif. www.amdro.com
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 13, 2009 08:00PM
Not "Them. Phase IV

The ants fried the AC in the 'experimental lab' that was 'studying them' to screw with the scientists. I remember seeing this at a Sci Fi film marathon. Some of the scenes were excellently creepy- ants crawling out of the corpse of a dead human... brrr.. Bring on the RAID !
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 14, 2009 01:18AM
Spread borax around the outside perimeter of your house.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: threeprong
Date: July 14, 2009 07:47AM
I'd mix borax with sugar into a solution then let it seep into cotoon balls or gauze etc.

Place the gauze in a small throwaway plastic container on top of the ac.

The ants will find it, eat it and lead others there.

Then they'll die.
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Re: I've got ants in my AC
Posted by: billb
Date: July 14, 2009 07:58AM
caution with borax.
The boron in borax can be immobile in soil.

It is also used as a herbicide, but can become toxic with heavy enough concentrations.

I used a (little bit) too much (apparently a half cup over 2 square feet is too much) on my front lawn over an ant colony and now have a rather distinct round circle of dead lawn. Dead everything, apparently (I haven't checked for grubs).
I haven't checked for dead ants, either.
If they just packed thier bags and moved to the back lawn I haven't gained anything.





The lawn will recover, I'm sure.
I just hope it is during this decade.
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