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#1 Scott Colmer

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:29 AM

Why are there ants always appearing on my workbench? I never have food there, but one or two will always be running around. Sometime I flick them off, some times they get squished. And they are fast! I am waiting for the day one draws me to damage a finished piece. 

 

And here another thing. I am working away on a small part of some sort and out of the corner of my eye here comes another ant. It has something. It comes up to the right side edge of the bench and drops ... the body of another ant. I'm like what is this? Some offering? Then it did it again. 

 

There, got that out.



#2 Harry P.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:33 AM

Ants go where they think there is food available. Are you sure you (or someone) didn't drop a potato chip behind your bench a week ago? Spill a Coke? Drop some cookie crumbs? It doesn't take a lot of food to attract ants.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:34 AM

...out of the corner of my eye here comes another ant. It has something. It comes up to the right side edge of the bench and drops ... the body of another ant.

 

Maybe they're offering you a sacrificial virgin ant because they worship you as a god...  ^_^



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:48 AM

Maybe it is the glue.  :wacko: Try the blue tube. :)



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:13 PM

follow them back to their nest and sprinkle some Amdro for them, they will be gone in 24 hrs.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:35 PM

 

Maybe they're offering you a sacrificial virgin ant because they worship you as a god...  ^_^

 

That would be my first guess too, but just MAYBE you have some glue-sniffing addict ants that are acting strange while intoxicated.

 

Or maybe they're leaving dead ants to let you know they're starving, and hoping you'll take pity on them and leave some food to help them out. You just never know what ants are thinking...


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 18 September 2013 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:19 PM

You just never know what ants are thinking...

 

Yes, they can be very devious...  ^_^



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:56 PM

Is a laptop nearby? I had a bookshelf I kept my laptop on. A small piece of rock candy was welded to the bottom shelf. That attracted the tiny red ants, but they really got fired up over my laptop. Don't know what's in it but they were still meandering out of the case a few days after I'd moved it and cleaned up the site.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:58 PM

Borax in sugar water will knock them out in a heartbeat. I hear the Pink Panther song lol



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:15 PM

Maybe you could train them to install suspension parts :)



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:27 AM

Um, maybe that dead carcass they offered you was a MODEL of an ant....

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:27 AM

A thought and a suggestion:

 

Thought ~ some CA glues have odorants that smell like almonds.  Maybe your ants go nuts for nuts?

 

Suggestion ~ best, neatest and cleanest way to get ants to skedaddle is to sprinkle cayenne pepper wherever you think they are coming from and wherever they travel.  So, if they're hanging around your bench, just spread some cayenne on your workbench and they'll avoid it like the plague.  After they've been gone a few days, you can just sweep or vacuum it up and you're done. 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:00 AM

Ants and other small insects are attracted to electrical currents. I have seen this over and over again in ac units. Spiders like them too.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

Ants and other small insects are attracted to electrical currents. I have seen this over and over again in ac units. Spiders like them too.

spiders like them because of all the other insect traffic. Spiders are genius. :D



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:17 AM

If you don't have pets or small children at your bench, get some of those Terro things.  Cut one open and place it where the ants gather most.  They eat it and take it back to the colony where it kills them all.  Our kitchen somehow got suddenly swarmed with them last summer and it worked like a charm.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:26 PM

 

 

Suggestion ~ best, neatest and cleanest way to get ants to skedaddle is to sprinkle cayenne pepper wherever you think they are coming from and wherever they travel.  So, if they're hanging around your bench, just spread some cayenne on your workbench and they'll avoid it like the plague. 

 

...unless you have the rare Mexican hot-chili ants, in which case they'll be bringing you little bowls of hot-ant chili...



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:31 PM

At our NJ house its crickets!  They are all over the yard, just move a trash pail and they all run for cover.  In fact, I took a bunch of boxes from the garage there back to PA and crickets were chirping all the way home.

 

My daughters are dead afraid of crickets who they call "black monsters".  Never mind that I'll pick one up in my hand and toss it back outside, or in the toilet, depending on my mood.  And all chaos breaks loose if one gets in the house.  So I catch pretty bad grief over the 'monsters'.


Edited by Tom Geiger, 19 September 2013 - 01:32 PM.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:32 PM

 

...unless you have the rare Mexican hot-chili ants...

 

I don't mind them so much... it's that Mariachi music they play at all hours that drives me crazy...



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:33 PM

Around here it's Cicada season. They're HUGE and they're scary looking, and they are LOUD, especially in the evening. But they're harmless.

 

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 02:16 PM

Around here it's Cicada season. They're HUGE and they're scary looking, and they are LOUD, especially in the evening. But they're harmless.

 

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Cats love to eat these .