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Old 04-17-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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What is this little ant, and why is it in my RV?

I see * a couple* of these little guys coming from behind the front overhead cabinets, both sides, and also occasionally in the bedroom.

I see them on the outside along the roof line, driver side, and sometime popping out of passenger side rear.

I set out some ant bait two days ago, and i do not see a swarm around them or anything.

Any idea what type of ant this is (or termite) Theyve been here since we bought the bus, and they have never really bothered us, regardless, they don't belong here.
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and they are small, like very small, like sugar ant sized, but black not brown - very slow moving, un bothered by us at all for sure.
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I would put some of that liquid gel out along the trails and allow them to take it back to the nest. I know you see them on the roof line too. You must of parked some where and picked them. You did say you had them when you brought the rig. So they must have a good size nest some where in your rig. I had a problem in Florida that I picked up some type of sand ants on South Carolina. I ended up buying some of those spray bombs and using them to rid my rig of them. I did this while my kids were at Disney world. It was hot out and I just shut everything down and it worked. Of coarse I read the instructions. It was problem free until we traded in the rig. Happy ant hunting

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Those look like the Tawny Crazy Ant that are infesting the area around Houston. They were originally called the Rasberry Crazy Ant (named after the exterminator that first found them). Apparently they are attracted to electrical boxes and equipment and are proving very difficult to combat. There was an article in the April Reader's Digest. Read that they were causing electrical equipment and appliances to short circuit. I would check with an exterminator.
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If you haven't already, try some Terro ant killer.
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They sound like pharaoh ants. This article from Pensacola Pest Products may help: Pissant, Piss Ants, Small Ant Pests, Sugar Ants
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anyone been in hospital lately

If any one in the family has been in the hospital it may be Pharaoh. Ants do not spray them get some bait that if for Pharaoh ants if you spray them they will
split the nest and spread if they are pharohs
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Those look like the Tawny Crazy Ant that are infesting the area around Houston. They were originally called the Rasberry Crazy Ant (named after the exterminator that first found them). Apparently they are attracted to electrical boxes and equipment and are proving very difficult to combat. There was an article in the April Reader's Digest. Read that they were causing electrical equipment and appliances to short circuit. I would check with an exterminator.
I don't think the crazy ants are "slow moving."
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I second the Terro put a dab on a piece of cardboard and place it where you see them the most.
If that don't work sell,sell,sell.
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Sure it isn't a spot on your camera lens?
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you need to know what they are after... ants generally want 1 of 3 things... oils, sweet, or water. once you know what it wants, you can bait better for it. I have found dried ants in my camper salt container before... don't know why they were there... might have been after the rice grains I put in it to keep it free flowing... I'm sure they knew it wasn't sugar.
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yep, the bait i put out doesn't seem to be causing a mass of activity arond it, but it's also in a spot hard to see.

I think they are an ant literally called "little black ants" and if so, they would not be attracted to this particular bait, but to another.

http://www.backedbybayer.com/system/...t-ID-Guide.pdf

Doing a little research stumbled across this.
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Yeah and ifyou see some crazy ants, they are CRAZY - I had a nest in a wall in my stick and brick, and they are numerous, un-shy, and lightening fast. The little guys here today in the bus are using a walker in comparison
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Personally, I'd just get myself a can of Raid (or something similar) and spray the heck out of places you see them. (Of course, you'd want to avoid the LP detector. ) I'm not adverse to using chemical warfare.
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