Do you have ant troubles in your car? If so, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will discuss several important things about your ant problem. We will see how ants can get into your car, why you need to get rid of any ants in your car, and ultimately how to get rid of any ants in your car. Read on to find out all these and more!
Why ants are in your car
Ants can be found almost anywhere. When it comes to building a colony, these insects do not really mind where they set up as long as there is enough food and water around.
If your car is parked near an ant colony, do not be surprised to find them inside as they look for food in your car. And if they find food, they will very likely choose to stay. They are aided in their search by their keen sense of smell.
Therefore, if you ride with friends or have kids that love to snack in the car, chances are pretty high that they will leave food crumbs behind, which in turn will attract ants to your car.
Although they are tiny insects, they can inflict discomfort to passengers or can even damage your car.
While there are many species that do not bite, some others bite. As a matter of fact, there are some species that have very painful stings. Although they do not particularly seek out humans to bite, they might do so if they feel endangered or if they are trying to get food from off your skin.
The reactions to bites vary. Some cause welts, and in severe causes, stings and bites from ants can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Even if it doesn’t cause any allergic reactions, you can imagine the distraction that you will face when you are speeding on the highway and suddenly get stung!
Aside from discomfort to drivers and passengers, ants can cause damage to your vehicle. Certain species can chew through your cars’ wires which will cause some serious damage to the performance of your car.
How to get rid of ants in the car
Now that you have seen how dangerous these small insects can be, you must know how to prevent them from coming into your car and getting rid of them if you already have an infestation. You should treat your car like you would your house. That means you must give it care and attention that you’d give to your home when infested. Here are some tips that will help you.
1. Clean the interiors
As we earlier pointed out, ants are drawn by food and water. Hence you must get rid of any food in the car. This involves promptly disposing of garbage like bottles, cups, food crumbs, and similar stuff in your car. You should clean the carpets and seat covers thoroughly and regularly.
Take them out of the car and brush off any food you might find on them. Clean cup holders and other spots in the car well. You should check out hidden spots in your car as well, for example, the glove compartment.
You can ensure an even more thorough job by using a vacuum to remove dirt and food from the interior of the car. This will ensure that all the spots missed by your brush will be thoroughly clean. It is also important to clean the trunk of the car as it can harbor food that attracts ants.
2. Inspect and clean your tires
You should check the underbelly of your car and clean it thoroughly to remove any scents left by ants. This will prevent them from visiting again.
Additionally, it is important that you inspect the tires of your vehicle since that is likely how the ants got into the car. Use a pesticide on the tires to chase away any ants and to kill any ants that might remain.
3. Park in a good spot
Aside from cleaning your car thoroughly, you should ensure that you do not park near an ant colony.
Therefore, check out the surrounding area for any anthills or hiding places for ants. If there are such places around your home, you should use ant killers or repellents to chase them away.
With ants, once eliminated isn’t always eliminated. Therefore, you have to take proactive measures regularly so as to get rid of these insects.
4. Use Ant-killers
There are several ant killers that come in different forms on the market. Use these, especially those that contain pesticides if you are looking to kill all the ants in your car.
You can also use odorless traps that contain poison. These will kill the ants without causing your car to develop any funny smells.
5.Natural ways of getting rid of ants
There are several natural ways to get rid of ants.
You can begin by using a non-toxic option. One effective way is to line your floorboards with double-sided tape that will trap the ants and prevent them from moving into your car. If you don’t want that on the mats of your car, you can put a cardboard with this same tape on the mats of the car.
You can also introduce foods or substances that ants hate. It has been discovered that they hate salt and mint, so buy these and scatter them in the car. This will likely get rid of any ants in the car and deter any would-be intruders from coming in.
This nice video gives more tips on how to get rid of ants in your car.
Ants can cause you discomfort and car trouble. They can distract you as you drive and can cause allergic reactions in some people. It is very unpleasant to have ants crawling all over your skin or biting you as you want to feel comfortable in your car. Get rid of ants by eliminating food in your car and cleaning it regularly and thoroughly.
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