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How To Get Rid of Ants

Summary: Before you plunge your house or belongings into pesticide oblivion, it's important to know that many ant issues can be resolved without a drop of insecticide spilled. Identifying the specific ant species will help you learn how to get rid of ants.

A reader asks: I need help! I have been getting bitten everyday by ants that have invaded my car. What is an easy, quick, and odorless way to get rid of ants?

Dear Reader: If you want to get rid of ants quickly you have to identify the ant species. Different ants are attracted to different types of ant baits. If you don't want to do that I would suggest purchasing several different types of ant baits. Some are for sweet or sugar seeking ants and others are for protein or grease seeking ants. I think the Maxforce Ant Baits are one of the best ways to get rid of ants


. The baits have no ordor and are of low toxicity to mammals. For outdoor protection I like the Maxforce Complete granules. The Intice Select Ant granules can be used in gardens, too.

Now, you need to determine where the ants are coming from. Are you parking your car directly over an ant nest? Are you transporting something that is attracting the ants like boxes of fruit or other types of food? Or, perhaps you put something in your car that had ants living in it.

Ants often require a water source, so I would think your ant infestation is being caused by something you are doing to attract them, rather than thinking that the ants have created a permanent nesting area inside your car.

Once you have identified your ants there are many effective ant baits, granules and sprays available. You can see a list of pest control products by clicking here.

Do some sleuthing and let me know if I can offer any more suggestions?

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03 Sep 2011, 15:04
I live in the Houston area and several months ago I noticed tiny little black/brown bugs crawling over the console, dash, and seats. I also noticed that when I turned the car on then the A/C, small bits of white stuff blew out of the air vents (eggs). I thought they may be the new "Rasberry crazy ants" but from what I've read about those, the ones in my car are smaller- although they do run in a crazy pattern. I've sprayed Raid in the vents and that hasen't helped. Any suggestions as to what type ant this may be? They're so small when I try to scoop one onto my finger, it smears.
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06 Sep 2011, 13:25
Get your bugs identified before doing anything else. Collect a few of the bugs in a jar and take them to your local county extension agent for a free ID. Once you know the species you will be able to learn what best controls them.
10 Sep 2011, 12:02
My car has been sitting for 2 Months and now there are tiny little brown.ants crawling around on the floor and the seats
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12 Sep 2011, 16:06
Maxforce ant bait stations installed inside the car will help get rid of the ant infestation. Here's a link:
15 Oct 2011, 21:01
Hi I have a 2011 new vehicle and just purchased in april so my problem is i have ants and tiny tiny spiders in the dash board... how can i get rid of them and can i take it to the dealer for detailing?
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21 Oct 2011, 12:35
Put out monitor traps. As the ants and spiders search for food they will get stuck in the traps. Here's a link to the traps:
22 Oct 2011, 18:29
I have black sugar ants in my 2011. I have a baby seat and it has alot of food in it. I tooling seat out and cleaned it but looks like the ant are still there. Should I put bate and what kind.
12 Jan 2012, 10:19
I have ants in my car but i dont eat in my car at all and the ants r really big there not normal looking it scares me.. how do i get rid of them!?:(
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12 Jan 2012, 11:49
I recommend placing ant bait stations in the car to stop those ants. Here's a link:
03 Apr 2012, 11:04
Unfortunately there is only one way to get rid of any crazy ants that have nests in your car (tent the car) the way they tent your house to get rid of termites, only a pest control company can do this effectively, it was my only solution when I had them in my car
26 May 2012, 02:18
Hi. I got a nice show car that i dont drive everyday. I have a problem with little black ants. My car is under a cover in the drive way. Im thinking they are going into my car to stay dry after it rains. I went today and got raid ant traps, ant gel and spray. Then i was gonna move my car and put spray or something on the grown. Please help me. Thanks.
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29 May 2012, 17:02
You're doing everything right, except you cannot mix baits that attract the ants with sprays that repel the ants. Use the baits only and see what happens.
14 Jun 2012, 21:49
I just bought an SUV today and I have ants coming out of the ac vents. When the ac is on the ants are blown all over me and the car. I have sprayed the car 3 times so far with Raid and it did kill MANY of them but, they just keep coming. I have even sprayed under the hood. How can I get these little brown pests out of my car so that I can enjoy driving it?
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15 Jun 2012, 07:02
Stop spraying. The pesticide odor may never go away. Instead, use ant gel bait. The ants are attracted to the bait and they take it back to their nest. Identifying the ant species is very important. Collect a few ants and get them properly identified.
03 Jul 2012, 08:39
i just got a car about 2 weeks ago. i noticed the ants were crawling on my car one day when i parked on an ant bed at my moms house. then a few days after that i went to chick fil a and spilled sauce on the seatbelt. well the next morning ants were all over the spot where i spilled the sauce. not only that but they were on my floor as well. i got rid of them but they are still outside my car. what should i do?
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03 Jul 2012, 13:16
Wash them off the car and move to a new parking space for a while.
25 Jul 2012, 10:47
Hi, I am having an issue with ants on my car. They are streaming up and down the sides of my car. I watched them this morning and it looks like they're going into the crack near the door hinge. I've tried spraying with Raid, but they reappear in the morning. I've seen them carrying white specks, which I presume are eggs. I put down an Ortho peanut butter trap under my windshield wiper yesterday. It didn't specify which types of ants it kills (the ones on my car are very small and dark brown). This morning when I watched them, they didn't seem to be paying much attention to the ant trap. I'm guessing the nest is somewhere behind my hood and the door hinge, but I can't get to it. I thought about setting off a couple of Foggers under my car, would that work? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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27 Jul 2012, 14:33
Do not set off foggers in or under your car. The odor from the foggers might not ever go away.

The ants did not originate in your car. You need to observe from where the ants are coming. Then, you need to get the ants identified. Some ants eat sweet baits, while others eat baits with grease or protein. You need to know the difference.
27 Aug 2012, 17:22
Ive had little black sugar ants in my car for about 2 months carrying little white things I assume eggs. They come out when its real hot around 4 or 5 an when they come out they come out as a big family (scary) I sprayed raid they died but they came back in about 2 weeks.
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28 Aug 2012, 15:41
Use ant bait rather than ant sprays. Much more effective.
31 Aug 2012, 22:13
We were having work done on our car and it was sitting on a grassy field at the mechanic's lot for almost a week. When we got it back we noticed the ants right away. They have completely infested our car!! We have found nests under the carpet in the front, middle and trunk. We used Raid ant spray to kill what we could see, then left four Terro ant baits in the car. Then an exterminator sprayed under the carpet and threw dry ant bait under there as well. We still have ants! There has to be a nest that we can't find. What do we do next?? We've thought of taking out the seats and ripping up the carpet.
03 Aug 2014, 20:51
I have black sugar ants all over the outside of my car and they also get inside. I have sprayed my car inside and out. I also have put ant traps inside of mycar. I don't know where they are coming from but they keep coming back. Please help!!!.
17 Aug 2014, 08:29
I bought a second hand car and noticed an ant or two, now I have been noticing them mord often. They are tiny and black. I live I NSW Australia.

I am certain they did not come from my yard which means they must be nesting I the car and moved with it when we bought it.

I am really scared of them causing damage so please help!!!
03 Sep 2014, 21:21
What I have are fire ants. I parked on a nest at my new job. Therefore, I don't park on this site anymore, but the ants are not going anywhere.
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