#1 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

My entire computer is covered in tiny, black ants. There must be hundreds of them. I've been squishing them for half an hour and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. They move around between the keyboard keys and through the gaps and cooling holes.

How can I get rid of them without torching my laptop?! Any sort of liquid/spray insecticide is out of the question at this point.

#2 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Clean off the rotted cheese bits, dead skin, and other assorted bits of shit off your laptop surface, gross guy.

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (11845 posts) -

Leaf it to you to get ants all over your computer.

#4 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

@ryanwho said:

Clean off the rotted cheese bits, dead skin, and other assorted bits of shit off your laptop surface, gross guy.

No cheese, kind sir. I clean my gear pretty regularly. Heck I just opened it up a few weeks ago to clean out all the dust.

I think its the heat that's attracting them.

#5 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Enigma777 said:

@ryanwho said:

Clean off the rotted cheese bits, dead skin, and other assorted bits of shit off your laptop surface, gross guy.

No cheese, kind sir. I clean my gear pretty regularly. Heck I just opened it up a few weeks ago to clean out all the dust.

I think its the heat that's attracting them.

Try a mixture of water and white vinegar. Spray it LIGHTLY on your keyboard. That should evict them. Or just clean the keys with this mixture.  
#6 Posted by BrainSpecialist (554 posts) -

@Enigma777: Water counters heat. Everybody knows that.

#7 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
Clean off the rotted cheese bits, dead skin, and other assorted bits of shit off your laptop surface, gross guy.
haha definitely the funniest post i've read all day xD
#8 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -
Salt 
 
I had black ants in my apartment and I pour salt on my kitchen counter. Ants don't like the stuff and they never came back.
#9 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Surround you PC with an unbroken ring of cinnamon to hold off reinforcements, then murder the fuckers.

#10 Posted by lazyturtle (1227 posts) -

Go and buy diatomaceous earth. Its a very fine dust which scratches the carapiece of insects, causing them to die of dehydration. Use that around the keyboard area. 
 
Next go buy Deadline or Deadfast, they are insecticidal chalks. Go and draw on the wall around all outlets, windows, entries, and most importantly: water sources. 
 
Finally, find and follow the trail. Find where they enter your home. Buy some insecticide with imdacloprid (Home Defense Max for example) and poison the shit out of the entry point.  
 
Of course if you have small children you may need to alter these plans a bit. 
 
For long term control, make sure you clean up all food and more importantly liquids. 

#11 Posted by rmanthorp (3873 posts) -

@Axxol said:

Salt I had black ants in my apartment and I pour salt on my kitchen counter. Ants don't like the stuff and they never came back.

That sounds legit as fuck! Will keep the in mind!

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#12 Edited by Spoonman671 (4555 posts) -

There is only one solution.
  

Where you can't dig them out, you have to burn them out.
#13 Edited by Colin (707 posts) -

If you know anyone with an compressor air line and has the blow air gun attachment  you could ask them to borrow it to try blow the ants out of it?  Of course don't give it full blast or it will probably blow off your keys.

#14 Posted by believer258 (11629 posts) -

Get a vacuum cleaner and suck them all out of your laptop.
 
Then do what this guy said: 
 
@lazyturtle said:

Go and buy diatomaceous earth. Its a very fine dust which scratches the carapiece of insects, causing them to die of dehydration. Use that around the keyboard area.  Next go buy Deadline or Deadfast, they are insecticidal chalks. Go and draw on the wall around all outlets, windows, entries, and most importantly: water sources.  Finally, find and follow the trail. Find where they enter your home. Buy some insecticide with imdacloprid (Home Defense Max for example) and poison the shit out of the entry point.   Of course if you have small children you may need to alter these plans a bit.  For long term control, make sure you clean up all food and more importantly liquids. 
#15 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

How did you even manage!?

#16 Posted by Three0neFive (2287 posts) -
@Axxol said:
Salt  I had black ants in my apartment and I pour salt on my kitchen counter. Ants don't like the stuff and they never came back.
Proof that ants are the spawn of Satan.
#17 Posted by Pibo47 (3166 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
There is only one solution.
  
Where you can't dig them out, you have to burn them out.
This man is very wise, listen to the words he speaks.
#18 Edited by Mr_Skeleton (5137 posts) -
#19 Posted by Mikemcn (6955 posts) -

Nuke it from orbit. Only solution.

#20 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

Compressed air + a thorough cleaning of your keys seems to be in order

#21 Posted by TyrellOCP (327 posts) -

Get something sweet (e.g. a slice of apple) and put it in a jar to lure them away. 
Lubricate the inside of the jar so the ants can get in but not out.  
While they're all marching to their doom, find the source (this will be apparent soon).
Then when enough ants have fallen in the jar, fill it with a flammable liquid, place it at the entrance of the nest and  set it on fire. 
It'll set an example to the rest of them and it'll be cathartic for you.

#22 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

@Tim_the_Corsair said:

Surround you PC with an unbroken ring of cinnamon to hold off reinforcements, then murder the fuckers.

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Try a mixture of water and white vinegar. Spray it LIGHTLY on your keyboard. That should evict them. Or just clean the keys with this mixture.

@lazyturtle said:

Go and buy diatomaceous earth. Its a very fine dust which scratches the carapiece of insects, causing them to die of dehydration. Use that around the keyboard area. Next go buy Deadline or Deadfast, they are insecticidal chalks. Go and draw on the wall around all outlets, windows, entries, and most importantly: water sources. Finally, find and follow the trail. Find where they enter your home. Buy some insecticide with imdacloprid (Home Defense Max for example) and poison the shit out of the entry point. Of course if you have small children you may need to alter these plans a bit. For long term control, make sure you clean up all food and more importantly liquids.

I couldn't find any diatomaceous earth or the chalk, but I did pick up some Borax. I also got some sweet ant bait, cinnamon, vinegar and some ant traps.

Made bait with the borax and applied it to the ant trail (it seems to either come from my front door or the A/C). Also spread some ant bait for good measure and wiped all the windows, outlets, and doors with vinegar and then dusted with cinnamon.

I also made a perimeter of cinnamon around my PC after wiping it with vinegar. It looks kinda funny but it seems to be working.

The ants are are voraciously attacking the bait and calling their friends while they're at it. I think I killed most of them in my PC, though the occasional one stumbles by from some crack.

Hopefully this works...

#23 Posted by lead_farmer (1040 posts) -

@Axxol said:

Salt I had black ants in my apartment and I pour salt on my kitchen counter. Ants don't like the stuff and they never came back.

Not fans of cinnamon either.

#24 Posted by supermike6 (3540 posts) -

Perform an exorcism. Those aren't ants, those are the devil.

#25 Posted by Gladiator_Games (443 posts) -
@Enigma777: Here you go mate, a friend of mine has the same issue. 
 
tp://forum.notebookreview.com/what-notebook-should-i-buy/34392-ants-living-my-laptop.html 
 
Take the sucker apart, and blast em with compressed air
#26 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

get some ant spray. spray it and whip down from everything.

#27 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

Hmm... I think I put in too much ant bait cause now they're crawling all over my wall and up to the ceiling...

#28 Posted by Irvandus (2818 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:
#29 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2376 posts) -

This sounds like madness incarnate. I'd throw salt at them myself.

#30 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

Pics or BS.

#31 Posted by teh_destroyer (3561 posts) -

@Enigma777 said:

Hmm... I think I put in too much ant bait cause now they're crawling all over my wall and up to the ceiling...

You must perform the exorcism before it is to late.

#32 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -

W + Mouse 1

#33 Posted by lazyturtle (1227 posts) -
@Enigma777: Ok, so I forgot to mention that diatomaceous earth can also be marketed as diatomite. Its also a long term solution that will work on any insect. 
  
Also, with that Borax, open open your lightswitch and outlet covers and put dust into the wall voids. 

Try to determine what kind of ant is the problem too...there are a lot of different kinds, which have different feeding habits (thus different poisoning habits). 
#34 Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles (1698 posts) -

Unless your broke call an exterminator and go have your laptop professionally cleaned.

#35 Posted by Belonpopo (1823 posts) -
@Enigma777: Dust off.
#36 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

Well I'm pleased to inform everyone that the invasion has been conquered! All that's left is a hundred broken, dead bodies and a lot of cinnamon.