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Old 11-24-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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Ants tunneling in our Styrofoam Insulation!!!

We found very fine dust on our top bunk and at first could not figure out what it was. Investigation finally showed it was ants!NOT carpenter ants but a small black ant like sugar ants. They were tunneling in the insulation in the ceiling and the fine dust was coming down on the bunk. We began to see where they were crawling and got some bait so they will take it back to the queen (and well thinking of thousands of dead ants laying dead in the insulation doesn't make me happy I guess it is better than live ones) lol Anyway, we checked again yesterday and we saw one ant, eating the bait (after a week). We laid some sugary pie out for a test spot and no ants came to taste the pie. We aren't sure how to tell beyond that if they are all dead or not. I just don't want the queen surviving but can't figure out how to tell if they are all dead. We will take additional precautions to keep them out (trailer is in north central Florida) but really concerned about the future of the trailer. We never had this type of problem before but not sure if we ever had an rv that had styrofoam as the insulation before either. That may be a deal breaker on any future rv we get. If anyone has ever deal with this and can give some advise we would appreciate it. Again these were not carpenter ants but rather small black ants kinda like sugar ants. Thanks for any advise!!
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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I read somewhere to spread Comet or Ajax powder around all of your tires to repel ants. Might give that a try.


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Old 11-26-2014, 06:56 AM   #3
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I had that problem a couple years ago. They were in the ceiling in the living area. I took the directiomal air vents off and applied some ant spray. I don't remember the brand and that took care of it. Before I did that I observed they were entering the interior through some exterior fixture that wasn't sealed. I believe it was a light. I also resealed that.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:21 AM   #4
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So were they wood ants? Pharaoh ants ( piss ants) or, God forbid, fire ants? Comet does work as does boric acid
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:27 AM   #5
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Not sure what kind of ants. They are all small black after looking at the internet is seems they "might" be acrobat ants as they are noted to nest in foam insulation ?? but they are small for sure.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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We spray ant and roach killer on our stabilizers, tires, water hose and electrical connections when we set up.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:16 AM   #7
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Yep we will be doing that from now on BUT we have to get rid of the colony that is inside the insulation too. we were not diligent in stopping them from getting in and will do that from now on but we need to get them to stop chewing up our insulation and get the queen etc.
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If you are stationary and can find one of the paths they use, we have had real good luck with Terro Liquid Bait Ant Traps. You put it near one of their paths that they use. They will find it and start taking it back to their nest area. This then kills off the nest.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #9
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Thanks Filthy Beast ... we are doing that right now !!
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I would then suspect a water leak. Ants will not live stay if one of two things is missing, food and water. If you have ants, you have a food source and water.
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