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post #1 of 11 Old 11-18-2017, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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ants in truck and trailer

About 2 weeks ago when I unloaded my mare from the trailer, she was standing very awkwardly - already getting me worried! Until I realized the floor and shavings close to the wall were crawling with ants, yikes! Cleaned it out and was fine since then *knock on wood*.

However, now my truck is overrun with ants as well And they are virtually everywhere: cabin, rubber along door frame, No idea where they are coming from (and there is no food in my truck at all), but they are there - no matter how many I kill/vacuum, it doesn't seem to make a dent...

Found a little nest just at the door and dusted it generously, but it didn't really reduce the overall number...

Ideas besides putting out ant bait?

Anyone dealt with this before? Luckily they are NOT fire ants, but still annoying!
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-18-2017, 02:42 PM
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A total deep clean of everything. If it's a trailer, power spray to make sure the mats don't have anything in them. If a truck, vacuum and keep doing what you're doing. You can actually get small ant bait containers to put in the truck and they're not hard at all to mess with. They work. That's what we used.

And reading this was giving me a panic attack until I saw the note at the bottom saying they're NOT fire ants. Whew. Fire ants are the worst.

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A couple of years ago, I got ants in my truck and trailer. I sleep in my trailer when I go camping and it was horrible. They kept getting in my bed and biting me. Also got in my clothes in the suitcase. I never did find the nest, but we sprayed the undercarriage of the truck and trailer, cleaned out the trailer really well, and haven't had ants since. One thing, when I feel something in the night when I'm sleeping in the trailer, I still wake up with a start and check for those awful ants.
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And reading this was giving me a panic attack until I saw the note at the bottom saying they're NOT fire ants. Whew. Fire ants are the worst.
Ha, I realized I had ants in the truck when (after a trail ride) I grabbed by bottle and started drinking without looking and suddenly my lips started to burn Was pretty relieved they were not fire ants, lol...


Put the bait containers out and will see how it does in a few days...

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A couple of years ago, I got ants in my truck and trailer. I sleep in my trailer when I go camping and it was horrible. They kept getting in my bed and biting me. Also got in my clothes in the suitcase. I never did find the nest, but we sprayed the undercarriage of the truck and trailer, cleaned out the trailer really well, and haven't had ants since. One thing, when I feel something in the night when I'm sleeping in the trailer, I still wake up with a start and check for those awful ants.
Yikes! Just reading that made me itch!


I think "my" ants come from the place where I park my trailer. I cleaned that one out really well, but kept the truck hooked up for about a week... Probably won't do that anymore, lol
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I had an ant problem at my old place. Terro ant bait is the only thing that worked. I'd have to put out new ones every few months, but for the few months between changes, I was ant-free.

You definitely want to do a good clean first, but Terro will help. Don't waste your money on other products. The active ingredient is Borax, so while you don't want to eat the stuff, it's relatively harmless to people and pets.

I promise I'm not a Terro rep! The stuff just really, really works.
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Terro ant bait is the only thing that worked.

I promise I'm not a Terro rep! The stuff just really, really works.
Lol, that's the stuff that is currently sitting in my truck, visibly attracting ants...
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hope they all die. I hate ants. Them and gnats/noseeums. UGH.

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After you clean out the truck, spray the tires really well with Raid (ant 'n roach). One with fragrance is best; I think the ants learn to stay away from that smell!

The stuff can stay up to three months and will keep the ants out.
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I was having a real problem with ants and nothing was working. I tried just about everything on the market and mixed up my own Borax mixture, you name it. Guy at the feed store sold me a big jug of this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/AMDRO-5-...BoCLAEQAvD_BwE and it fixed the problem very quickly.
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Lol, that's the stuff that is currently sitting in my truck, visibly attracting ants...
That's ok! You'll get more for a few days because it's food. Borax kills them slowly. They're taking the food back to the colony and killing the ants at the source.
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