Ant Problem

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 10:22
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Good Morning,

Has anybody got a remedy other than ant rid or out door insecticide sprays to rid us of small black ants. We are all so careful with food items that may attract them.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 10:24

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 10:24
Have heard talcum powder is effective.
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 12:23

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 12:23
I remenber reading somewhere that diluted vinegar in a spray bottle squirted on your benches is a deterent. Also cleans your benches.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 23:46

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 23:46
I add lemon to that.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 12:53

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 12:53
Hi BJ and Reen,

I have read that the ants get into the lining / frame of the van where they build their nest out of the weather and above wet ground.
I have found this from personal experience also.

The food access is not their parramount concern in this kind of seasons we have been having with so much rain. I am assuming you are in an area where rain has been a problem this year.

Having experienced the troubles you are having we found the best remedy was Ant Rid as they take it back to the nest and this gets rid of the lot of them. Ant rid is your best weapon for this problem as it will get where you cannot.

Also use ant sand and or talcum powder around the wheels and any other place the little blighters can get up into your van.

If you are worried about pets you can put the Ant Rid under something heavy such as a book so that the animals cannot get it.

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Reply By: cityslicker - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 13:44

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 13:44
I've had good success with a product called 'antsand' which you sprinkle around their nest / holes. Only for outdoor use though.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 16:45

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 16:45
Go Natural :)

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Reply By: BJ & Reen- Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 16:57

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 16:57
Thanks everybody for the replies will stick to the ant rid plus try talcum powder around wheels
BJ&Reen
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 17:28

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 17:28
The talcum Powder is for when you are stopped (I suppose at home too) and it gets sprinkled around and on the leg supports too. Each time you make camp.

I put it on the power cord near where it goes up to the van too, if the ants are a known problem. And the jockey wheel....

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 17:52

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 17:52
We carry a can of outdoor surface spray and I use that on the stabilizer legs jockey wheel etc.
If the ants are real bad also on the elec cable and on the sullage connection as it leaves the ground.
Loop your sullage hose over itself to stop ants crawling up the inside. The natural s trap formed by doing this stops then as the hose fills with water at that point.
Do not park under overhanging branches as ants do drop off trees.

Yes I have been in a few areas that ants were prevalent and aggressive.

If you have ants in the van or camper then ant rid blocks is the best way to be rid of them.

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:19

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:19
A 1 inch wide smear of grease on everything that touches the ground.

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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:29

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:29
Yea but that becimes a dust trap when driving off again

+1 for talcum powder as protective treatment
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:55

Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 at 19:55
I agree with using Ant rid and talcum powder but have found that wet weather totally negates the Talcum powder where the rain can get onto the powder.
A full circle wrap of double sided tape on anything (power cables, water hoses, etc and even van legs and jockey wheel) going from the ground to the van tends to limit ant access.

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Reply By: Coenen N & G (WA) - Friday, Jun 08, 2012 at 13:06

Friday, Jun 08, 2012 at 13:06
Try Borax and icing sugar mix or Borax and parmesan depending on whether the little bliters prefer sweets or savoury, they will carry it away with them and it kills them in their nests! Borax is readily available from supermarkets or hardware shops.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 23:21

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 23:21
and as far as I understand it... is basically what Ant Rid is....
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