Ants

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What's a good Ant deterent for our van that is going to be parked for 6 months or more.
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Reply By: Harb - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 22:37

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 22:37
BABY POWDER
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Follow Up By: PandJ - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 20:50

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 20:50
Yes Herb is correct, Baby Powder.
Ants breath through their feet and baby powder and all the ant dusts do the same. Stop them from breathing.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 22:54

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 22:54
Yep, baby powder.
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Reply By: Ianw - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:00

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:00
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:11

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:11
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:05

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:05
When I was a kid I remember Dad mixing together Icing Sugar and Plaster of Paris.
Didn't deter ants but sure stopped 'em in their tracks.

DB
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:25

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:25
If you can get it, Lorsban in a spray bottle and you will never have an insect problem if sprayed around your van when you set up.Make sure it is diluted to the right strength (usually 100:1 ) as it is very strong stuff.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:02

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:02
Lorsban is the same poison as Dursban. Dursban is approved a s a termiteacide. It was approved for pre slab termite treatment in stronger dilutions. So treat it with due precaution. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:52

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:52
Borax?
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 02:30

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 02:30
Is he the guy with the funny swim suit?
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 06:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 06:40
Just make sure you wear the mankini when you are spreading it around!
Good one Richard!
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:55

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:55
Kero sprayed round drop down legs and around--NOT ON tyres
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 01:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 01:40
I used RP7 Silicon Spray on the little blighter's that were in my van 2 weeks ago and haven't seen an ant since, so I think if you sprayed all items touching the ground with diesel or some other oily based product that might deter them, Baby Powder would get blown and washed away after a while,
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Reply By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:06

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:06
Any surface spray has worked for me, but in the short term. But as you want it for longer term, the Lorsban option above will give you that long term solution. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:40
The theory goes that ants will not walk on rubber and that they only get in by climbing up the stabilisers once wound down.

So if you're storing you van with only the jockey wheel, all points of contact with ground are rubberised and they won't get in.

I've only ever had ants get into a van when stabilsers have been wound down, so perhaps the theory is correct.

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Follow Up By: Ace000 - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:01

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:01
Recently purchased a product on E-Bay called Ant & Cockroach Bait. Package is all in Chinese so cannot be any more explicit. We had an infestation of the very small ants that were in everything including, we suspect our Mac G5 (currently at Apple store for confirmation) Anyway this was used very minimally and has worked very very well. Check it on E-Bay..Excellent product. Works on the basis of the ants taking it back to their nest and thus removing colony at source.
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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:06

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:06
Jim

I'm pretty sure your theory stacks up. We store our van in at a security yard surrounded by bush near Berowra, and while we have had to deal with ants while travelling have never picked any up in storage.

We keep a couple of ant baits in the van as a precaution and use little drops of Ant - Rid when they do appear. We put talc around when camped for a while and ants seem to be interested in the van.

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Reply By: happytravelers - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:21

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:21
Those tiny black ants have just cost me a computer monitor. It suddenly stopped working, I had a look and found a trail of the little devils coming up the back of the desk and into the monitor, where they'd made a nest and shorted it out. Even after I'd cleared them all out it still wouldn't work. $200 later and I'm back on line. Not happy!!!

Jon
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:29

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:29
Just buy the cheapest TALCUM powder that u can find and spread it liberally around , to ants its like walking on a field of marbles ,their legs literaly break and fall off ,,,cheap and non poisonous solution. lol. ;)
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Follow Up By: DesF - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 13:48

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 13:48
Hi, Must agree, have been using cheap talcum powder for about 10 years for those little ants ( known locally as meat ants). just sprinkle on every thing that touches the groun. have to also watch the lawn that always seems to grow quicker around the legs etc as we stay a month, they will use one blade to bypass the powder.
It lasts Ok when it rains just redo now and then.
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: hazo - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 21:14

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 21:14
I have always used baby powder until last year in NW, I had my usual powder around stabilizers, jockey wheel etc. only to watch one day, a trail of the little blighters marching merrily through the talc as though it was not there!
I now use Coopex, or Lorsban, liberally sprayed around as it is much easier to prevent than cure them in the van.
Another trick is Lanolin spray and they hate it.!
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Reply By: nomadoz - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:42

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:42
You deed not hear this from me!!!!!

Dursban = Lorsban is a trade names, the compound is clorpyrophos, as others said it is very effective, and quick results, but only for a short time, no more than 2 or so months, very smelly for a short time, for a longer solution you need Thermidor it is carried back to the nest and destroys the colony, last about 3 years, very dangerous, need a permit, or be a good friend of a farmer!!!!

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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 11:12

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 11:12
lived in a caravan for years
best trick is to keep all sweet stuff in the fridge including the sugar
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Reply By: PradOz - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 12:47

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 12:47
1. you could get one of these:best ant deterrent

we had a problem with them when we first bought our van and got it home as they looked like they had set up home in it permanently. tried the ant rid etc and only had the jockey wheel down for support, no stabilizers down, and got rid of them over a couple weeks. actually i opened the ant rid bottle for a look inside at the contents and the closed it back up and thought i would do it later on. i forgot to do it and left the ant rid bottle in the plastic shopping bag at the time and the bottle must have had a poor seal as when i got around to getting it out to do the job a couple weeks later, there were dead ants thru-out the bag and the van ant problem was gone and bottle was empty. i had left the bottle in the bag loosely tied up and sitting in the kitchen sink with the sink cover over the top. its the best job i have ever tackled - got it right without any effort

if there is something in the theory of ants dont like rubber and if this is right, why dont the make the feet on the wind down legs/stabilizers out of rubber or just use rubber blocks to support the wind down legs ??
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:30

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:30
We use a surface spray on the stabilizers and behind the wheels on the axle etc plus on the jockey wheel. It lasts for only about 3 months when the van is stored. Powder is good but blows away and is easily washed away.
Ants DO climb rubber. When we were camped on the Darling near Brewarrina a few years ago rain set in and we could not move (black soil) and the ants climbed the tyres on both vehicle and van and literally set up camp in the tread until the rain was over.
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Follow Up By: Ace000 - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:54

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:54
I have a different take on the ants/rubber issue. It is not uncommon for vehicles here in the Top End to be shut down by nests in relays!! The local lore seems to suggest that they are attracted via the electro/magnetic fields or whatever. Most vehicles carry a spare relay to keep things under control. these are vehicles just working in a day to day environment no towing so only rubber in contact with ground..Our other locals who make liffe interesting are the bush rats who have a ravenous interest in new smeling plastics and rubber, can make life hell if new boat or underbody of new vehicle is not checked or secure..Not pleasant to get the mess out of engine bay if vehicle started up without checking. They seem to lose interest when age or hardness gets into components.
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