How to Get Rid of Ants in the Car

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When attempting to get rid of ants in the car, it helps to first identify why they're in the car in the first place. Get an ant sample to take to a pest control operator with advice from a certified pest control operator in this free video on ants.

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Hi, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida. You know, we, just the other day we had someone stop by with a big problem. They had ants in their car, and now, how do you get ants outta the car? Well, number one's to find out why they're in the car in the first place, because ants won't normally be inside of a car. Well, that gives you two possibilities. One, it could be where you actually parked the car the night before, you parked on an ant mound or something else where the ants made their way into the car, and they don't want to be there, and sooner or later they'll move out by themselves. However, there's that second possibility where you're going to have a problem. And that could be garbage or left over soda cans, where the actual ants are making a nest inside the car. Now, if they are in the car, and even if you have removed all this debris from the car and cleaned it out very well, those ants could still live in that car for up to a year, even possibly more, just on residual products that you can't see. So what do you gotta do? Well, get a sample of the ants that you have and take 'em down to either your local pest control operator, and have them identify them through a microscope. That will tell you what type of ant they are, and then, what type of bait or gel can be used inside the car to go ahead and get rid of them. The baits and gels that we use, you just put a little tiny bit inside the car, and the ants will actually find that, because they like the moisture that's inside the bait. Once they find that bait, they will take it back to where the colony is in the car, which may be underneath the carpet. Or it could be in the back seat somewhere where you're just not seeing it, but they will do the work for you by taking the bait back to the colony. They'll share the bait with the rest of the individuals. After that, the whole entire colony was going to go ahead and die. So, it may take about two or three weeks, but it will happen. Give it a little bit of time to work. Be sure you identify the pest. That is always very important. Proper identification will save you time, and save you money. Remember, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida, hoping you have a pest free day.

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