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    Ants in Automation Control

    Whats the best way to keep them out they are the size of a needle point. Thanks
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    Ants in Automation Control

    A quick google search on how to get rid of ants will give you multiple ways if doing it.
    One way is to take some sideway kids chalk and draw a barrier around the automation panel. The ants won't cross it. They will be repelled by the calcium carbonate it's made from. Seems silly but it's supposed to work.
    Try to see if you can see where they are coming from and attack the colony there.
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    They also won't cross a line of borax, which works rather better than chalk on level rough surfaces (though much worse on smooth vertical surfaces).
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    mothballs work as well
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    They are entering through the little reset hole, I think I'll try the mothballs.. Thanks everyone
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    I see you live in Florida. If they are crazy raspberry ants, good luck. They will kill themselves to build a bridge to get into electrical equipment.
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    Do you think mothballs in the control box would hurt the electronics from the fumes? The ants are now gone...
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    I wouldn't think the fumes would hurt the electronics.
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    Might try a product with Fipronil in it. A friend of mine has a license and sprayed it. It seems to have worked. You can find a lower concentration over the counter product under the name Taurus SC. I no longer have problems with any kind of ants.
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    Re: Ants in Automation Control

    Thanks again...
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