Ants climbing up power cords and hose

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I have a problem with ants climbing up the power cord and water hose getting into the camping pod. Does anyone have a easy fix for this. At the moment I'm using ant powder around the base of the cord and it slows them down, and have to lay it out every day. Any ideas??
Andy
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Reply By: stevo - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:15

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:15
G'day -------- buy a manual spray 1lt pack of a white liquid called "crawley cruncher" from the pesticide section of most supermarkets and spray it on all parts that contact the ground including tyres, guy ropes, hoses, etc.---- does the trick.
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Reply By: Member - Walter H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:30

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:30
Hey Andy after many 25 yrs in the Kimberleys myself along with many others found the best way was to put a smear of Grease or Vaseline to any thing that touched the ground as Singapore ants in the North are a massive problem and can get into Car and house electric's,I know its not the cleanest solution but it stops them dead in there tracks as the ants get stuck in the grease ,but if your parked up for long periods you will have to apply another smear as over time dust builds up on the coating and they will walk over the dust ,but you might have to tie a small strip of rag on the hose/cord to stop the grease from sliding down when the weather is hot.I prefer grease as it has a far higher melting point.

Good luck and happy Motoring
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 06:58

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 06:58
I'll be buggered !
Will try that one too
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 09:36

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 09:36
Honey! Yep, good old fashioned Bee's excrement. Nearly everyone carries it, the buggers get stuck to it and can't go any further.

Yeah, you still have to wipe it off but won't stain your clothes if you accidently rub up against it. As an alternate, put some honey in a meat tray or jam jar lid next to your cord and the buggers will preference the honey over a boring cord.

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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 09:40

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 09:40
Coffee grounds work well as a deterent too, but next thing you know, they'll be wanting a slice of cake with it too.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:31

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:31
hi andys
here's a 'andy hint
get a container of baby power/talc and sprinkle it all over and around everything it gets on their feet and makes everything slippery yes its not a joke and it works
i have used it several times with great success they will bugger off and find an easyier food source
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:03

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:03
Have a look at this link which contains a reference to using talcum powder.

Haven't used it to stop ants getting into the house but have used it when sowing wattle and gum tree seeds directly into the ground - coated the seeds with talcum before sowing to stop the ants taking the seeds away. Seemed to work.

I don't like using poisons if there is an effective alternative.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 12:02

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 12:02
Can vouch for talc. It well and truly keeps the little buggers at bay. Always carry a couple of containers of talc, the cheapest brand the better.

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Reply By: hazo - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:54

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:54
i just use plain and simple surface spray in the pressurized cans even el cheapo yellow pack stuff works fine.

When setting up camp its just part of the set up for me I lower the legs, spray the bases then spray any contact point to the ground even sullage hose etc.

Never had an ant problem since doing this.
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 13:17

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 13:17
Yeah I use surface spray, I also follow the little Bs home and spray their nests.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 13:46

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 13:46
Hi andy

We had a hell of a problem with smal ants at Burketown in a cabin. The only thing handy was the aeroguard. Bugger me dead if it stopped them in their tracks. Killed heaps and the others would not cross it.

Just another idea. I am yet to try it out on those damned green ants though.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:02

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:02
Hi Andy. This works well with most creepy crawly things. Smear some migraine on the pipes and wiring. You can wipe it off when you are ready to pack up. If they eat it, they will carry it back to the nests. Free hint from Jardine Ferry Shop. Worked well . But do not use Cooking Oil, it will run away and defeat the object.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:20

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:20
Do you mean margarine?

Migraine is the headache.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:47

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:47
hi
the only container i've heard has migraine in is a head
and if leaving you certainly would 'nt gather that and take it with you
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:49

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:49
Surface spray for me to, easy to apply when setting up and re-apply every couple of days.
We were camped next to another van not long ago and the bloke came over and wanted to know what spray we were using. He had seen me doing the spray on anything touching the ground and had tried the same thing himself but still quite a few of the little buggers getting in. We had a good look around his van and found a small branch of a tree touching it....yep you guessed it.. the ants had found a way in

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:05

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:05
Andy

Forget all about sprays and powders, my van is permanent here so I have a 2 inch wide smear of grease on anything that touches the ground, cords, hoses, and stabilisers, but not the tyres, they won't go up the tyres...well they don't here anyhow.

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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 18:53

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 18:53
Thank you everyone, I think I will go with the grease, as I don't like using poisons or chemical products on the ground and the talc powder would be no good up here in the wet season.
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Follow Up By: blue one - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 22:39

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 22:39
Doug,

Been told the white ants will eat your tyres up here!

Are they just havin a go?

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:12

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:12
Blue One

They are big enough.

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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 16:51

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 16:51
And I thought you only had to look out for Crocs.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:24

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:24
Where's Motherhen? She will have the answer.

Some suggest spraying in their holes, but you need someone to hold them while you do it. LOL

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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:48

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:48
Borax is popular with many vanners, but we use Talcum powder.
OJ
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:54

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 15:54
After 3 times around the block and having to deal with pesky ants and many other nasties here is what I do.

I carry a pressure pack can of surface spray the out door type and when setting up in an area where there are crawlies spray the stabilizer legs around the base before putting them on the ground and if the ants are bad I also spray the axles of the van at the back of the wheels and also the jockey wheel.
Also spray the 240v cord near the van inlet and where it touches the ground then spray any ropes etc off awnings.
Sullage hose is sprayed where it goes from ground to van and the hose is looped over itself to form a type of S trap. This will then require a little water in the hose to stop the crawlies going up the interior of the hose.

This may seem a lot to do but in actual fact takes little time at all because you do it as you set up.
The ants were that bad in one location we had to do similar to the tug.
Mind you we did not stay in that location for long.

Check when setting up under trees or near trees as ants do drop out of trees onto your rig.
I have made it a habit to park on the eastern side of trees but not directly under them to ensure afternoon shade and falling branches ants etc.


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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 16:24

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 16:24
Gday
I found talc around the bed roll and a hot cup of tea down the ant hole works ok.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 21:06

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 21:06
Hot cuppa tea, huh??

Do they get bikkies too?


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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 21:25

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 21:25
Gday Ed
No, no free bikkies for the ants.


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Reply By: Member - Carl- Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 17:12

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 17:12
Chemspray - ant spide and cockroach I find works best. Do not so it near children or anyone that might have the flu or medical breathing trouble. GB and VX work well too.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 18:52

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 18:52
Ash from the fire works a treat, cheep as well.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 06:57

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 06:57
Andy
Talcum powder, sprinkle on and around anything that touches the ground.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 07:04

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 07:04
I wonder if Lime will work ?
We have an ice cream container full of it, for when and if we set up the thunderbox. (Sprinkle not flush, and stops smells)

Must give it a try

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