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Thread: Why do Ants love my timer?

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    gullzway's Avatar
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    Why do Ants love my timer?

    Every year when I open the pool I find a gang of ants in my pump timer. I leave them alone, they're not hurting me, just wondering what's attracting them into there.
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    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    Low rent!

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    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    ...and low maintenance!

    When I took off the wheel weights on my tractor a few days ago, there was a whole colony of ants in between the weight and the rim! I didn't use the tractor once this year to plow the driveway, so it just sat in the barn, collecting ants I guess.
    Rob B
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    Totally got our monies worth!
    Butterfly made me do it...

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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    It's funny but they love electrical stuff like spiders love propane stuff. I can't count the times I've cleaned ants out of relays
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    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    Yeap, every year around this time the well pump kicks off because some dead ants are in between the contacts. Then I have to go and clean off the contacts. It's much worse because the well pump cycles many times during the day. It's unbearable when it happens have way through a shower.

    I've read different theories, eddy currents, heat, ozone, it's a ready made home dark-dry and secure.
    Murrieta, CA. 15K (Est) pool/spa. Hayward Tristar SP3220EE 2.70HP pump, Hayward Swimclear Cartridge filter C4025 425sqft (PA106), Pentair Mastertemp 400 heater. TF-100/Speedstir

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    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    They love my mailbox as well.
    18000 gallon plaster pool, Pentair Triton II sand filter, Purex Triton Minimax Plus 300 gas heater, 1.0 HP two-speed Pentair Superflo, Polaris 380
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    Petaluma, Ca

    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    I can't count the times I've cleaned ants out of relays
    No kidding, "why do we have no water in the house".
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    Denton, TX

    Re: Why do Ants love my timer?

    Ants do like things that generate current. You should really keep them cleared out of there as much as you can. I know that down here in Texas, ants have caused the death of many a pool pump too.

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