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How do you get rid of ants in vehicles?

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Eliminating ants from a vehicle involves a multistep procedure where you begin parking in a location away from anthills, clean any food for ants from the vehicle and use low toxicity bait stations to eliminate the problem. While it is possible to do the work in an afternoon, the bait takes several days to work.

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  1. Change the parking location

    If you park your vehicle in the same location every day, look to see if your parking spot is over an anthill. Ants also live in trees and other protected locations. Try parking in a different location to limit their access to the vehicle.

  2. Clean the vehicle

    Remove any food wrappers from the vehicle. Vacuum carpets and upholstery to remove food particles hiding in the fibers. Use a crevasse tool to clean between seat cushions. Shampoo carpets or upholstery if there are any dried soda or juice spills.

  3. Place ant bait stations in the car

    Ant bait stations use compounds that have low toxicity for humans, but are highly toxic to ants. The workers carry the food back to the colony, and it kills all the ants that ingest it, eventually killing the entire anthill. Depending on the size of the colony, the process takes several days or several weeks.

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