Removing ants from inside a caravan?

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 16:34
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G'day all, can anyone help me with suggestions to remove ants & nest from inside my caravan & maybe keep them out, as the van has been stored in a shed for a long time. thanks, hoo roo
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Reply By: tim_c - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 16:50

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 16:50
Ant Rid (available from Woolworths) is good - just put a little bit where the ants are visible, the ants take it back to the nest where it destroys the whole nest (no dead ants to clean up).

I'm not sure really how to keep the ants away long term, apart from making sure there is no food or water for them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:42

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:42
I used Ant rid and it was totaly useless.Put it in a lid on their trail.I repeat it did nothing.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:19

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:19
AntRid will get rid of them. If it is a large infestation then you will need quite a good supply. You will also need enough to eradicate the ground nest as well. If you don't supply enough poison to get rid of that it does not matter what you do in the van.

We had ant problems in our van way back. There were nests around where we stored our van. To prevent re-infestation we put open containers of vinegar in the van each time we returned home. I suggest you use both methods (the prevention & the cure) and also survey around the van and hunt out the source of the ants.
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 20:01

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 20:01
AntRid is no use unless they can see/smell/find it. Inside a lid is too far out of the way, we use a small flat item (like the push-out from a wine cask, fer example) and a couple of drops on that. Alternative is to use a tablet bubble (inverted so it sits on the flat) where they track.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:08

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:08
That's right johnat - you have to drop it on their trail. Pick a spot away from food prep areas, and a non-porous surface. It wipes up quite easily when the ants are finished with it, if they don't take it all away.
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 13:59

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 13:59
I put it right on their path. The lid was only a couple mm deep and i poured some on ther trail and on the edge of the lid to show them.Kept this up for a week.I still have one small bottle you can have,will post to you if you want.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 18:42

Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 18:42
We use ant rid around the house and I've used it successfully in my 4WD put some in a small flat lid with a dribble over the side and trail running up to it. It also worked well when we used it in our van
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 16:59

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 16:59
its not the ants INSIDE the caravan you need to worry about, it is those inbetween the wall sheets and in the chassis rails you need to worry about.

yoy can go that ant rid route or other poison or fumigation options.....or just drag it out into the full sun and leave it there locked up for a few days.......that should bake the bastards out.

as far as keeping them out.....never heard of an ant that got into a caravan that had its wheels rolling.

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Reply By: Fishing Barb - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:03

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:03
we just done our van with insect bombs can get them from any supermarket make sure that there is no naked flames
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Reply By: Member - Nutta - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:58

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:58
I dont know about the above post but ant rid has removed ants from my caravan and 4wd, great stuff, just make sure its not on a porous surface or it will soak in, I always put it on a glossy/shiny surface.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:35

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:35
We too have used ant rid however it has been in the form of small stick on domes available from most supermarkets.
Very successful in our case.
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Reply By: Member - Rosss - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 20:57

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 20:57
Go to an Agricultural chemical outlet and get some FORTUNE 500, give the nest a spray and no more ants, I use it to kill MEAT ANT NESTS. The best stuff I have ever seen.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 22:36

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 22:36
When we have to park our van for any extended length of time I sprinkle ant dust or granules around the road wheels, jockey wheel and anything else the little bar stewards can use to establish a track into the van. Remove all foodstuffs that they could get into or find attractive. Release a couple of insect bombs inside with all cupboard doors and draws open. I have found that if you prevent the workers from returning with food or water to the nest the whole colony eventually dies. This means that the ant dust around any part of the van that comes in contact with the ground prevents them foraging outside the van and returning supplies to their nest.
Has worked for us.

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Reply By: Garry S3 - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 23:34

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 23:34
one up for bantam idea. I do think leaving your van in the sun would either bake the ants or at least chase them away
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Reply By: jdbb - Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 07:46

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 07:46
Ants got into our van in January and we did everything to get rid of them - nothing worked.

Two weeks ago a friend gave us some stuff he got off a pest control guy - the label has this written on it -

Non Toxic - Gourmet ant bait - active ingredient: boron 8.9g/kg

I think it's a mix of borax, sugar and water.

We put a few drops onto a few ant bait things we had around the van and within a day they were covered in ants trying to get to the stuff. Three days later not an ant anywhere. The borax is what does the job when the ants go back to the nest.

John

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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 16:18

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 16:18
Borax and caster sugar and water.The caster sugar and Borax acts as a bloating devise and they die.

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Reply By: Graeme - Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:12

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:12
Try the artificial sweetener with ASPERTAMINE in it. It is highly toxic stuff for ants as well.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 17:40

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 17:40
That's ASPARTAME. It's touted as an ant killer on the 'net, but it has dubious results on many ant species.
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Reply By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 16:31

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 16:31
Use termidor if you can get a bit from your local white ant man. Same active chemical is also used by vets to get rid of fleas. Mix to the recomended rate in a small spray bottle then spray on some ants you can see, those ants will take it back to the nest where it will be consumed by all the ants and will kill the whole nest. Chemicals like fortune 500 are a class 1B chemical (chorpyrifos) and are not suitable for home use. This chemical is long lasting and effects both fish and birds. If used for example on lawns for african black beatle and they are in turn eaten by magpies it will kill them. The label specifically says not for home use allthough it is still in some ant dusts and other products availible from stores like bunnings. Dont know how as the chemical is only regestered for certain uses.Also still used on house pads as a barrier treatment in place of the banned chemicals heptachor and deildrin.
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