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How to Get Rid of Ants From A Car


Most people freak out at the sight of these insects. Ants invading your house is one thing, but your beloved car? Nope! We know that these tiny yet strong creatures like all things sweet, so your car might be an inviting location for a swarm of ants. If they are ones to bite, you may be prone to an accident if they do it while you’re driving. Fire ants, for example, are known tocause a very painful bite.

If you have potato chip and biscuit wrappers and soda cans lying around, you may be inviting them, even if you don’t want to. Let’s find out a bit more about ants to know how to tackle them better.

About Ants

There are as much as 12,000 different species of ants. Almost all of them are very strong as they have the ability to carry around 10 to 50 times their own weight depending on their species. The Asian weaver species of ant can lift an astounding 100 times its own weight. The ants owe this strength to their small size. The smaller size of ants means that their muscles have a greater cross-sectional area, which allows them to exert more force. Yeah, science!

Ants breathe through spiracles because their small structure can’t accommodate lungs. Spiracles are holes on the sides of the ant’s bodies. These holes take in the air, distributing the oxygen in them to every cell in the body via tubes. The same tubes take the carbon dioxide out of the body. Science, again!

Another fact, they can live up to 30 years, that is, of course, unless you squash them like a bug. So how do you rid yourself of these ants if they invade your car?

Ways to Get Rid of Car Ants

  1. The “En-Tire” Treatment

Tires are the only way that ants can come inside your car. Tires are the only parts of the car touching the ground. Ants haven’t become that innovative to climb in from elsewhere. That’s why, if you treat your tires with a strong aerosol pesticide, it will kill off the ants that are already on there. Not only that, it will prevent any other ants from getting in.

One suggestion for the pesticide is Terro Ant Killer. This is available at many supermarkets. They may also have similar products to treat tires. Ants will think twice once the tire treatment kills off their family members.

  1. Get Rid of the Soda and Candy Bars

Who doesn’t crave sugar or carbs from time to time. Unfortunately, ants crave it as much or even more than you. Chocolate candy bars, fizzy sodas, juices, coffee lattes and other such food items can give you a sugar boost but if you leave the wrappers, cans and cups lying around, you’ll be attracting ants. Any crumbs from these items (or the burgers or donuts) that you eat will be lying on the floor making it a picnic spot for the ants.

Clean up any spills, throw away the cups, cans, tissues and every other items away to prevent ants from coming into your car. Try not to spread the crumbs of food while you eat, too.

  1. Trade Parking Spots

Ants come in from the wheels as mentioned; they certainly can’t when the wheels are rolling. Check where you park at work next time. The parking lot may have grassy areas nearby or maybe even a tree. These areas are where ants usually like to forage and hang out.

If you park your car anywhere near these areas, you’re bound to get ants sooner or later. Try to get to work early and find a better parking spot that’s free of ants. Do you have a buddy who drives to work like you? Ask them to trade parking spots with you if they aren’t aware of the looming ant threat. If they complain later, you can always try coming in early to work.

  1. Bait and Switch

The number of ants in your car can be very high and you need to have the right tools in place to tackle the problem. One such tool is ant bait. Ant-Trax Ant Gel Bait which we sell here at Solutions Pest & Lawn can be a big help in eliminating ants in your car. Ants will come thinking it’s a food source and willingly carry it to others, what they won’t know is that it will kill them. Similarly, you can use Terro liquid ant bait as an alternative.

Simply  place it under the seat and it will attract the ants. It will kill them along with the other ants which they’ll lead to the spot.

If you have a larger ant issue, we recommend using our Guaranteed Ant Control Kit. This kit contains all the products you need to conduct a full ant control and elimination program.

  1. Vacuum Them Away

Still can’t get rid of ants after you’ve removed every possible source of attraction for them? Maybe the crumbs of food are still attracting them. Get a handheld vacuum cleaner for the job. The best thing to do is to use bait and vacuum cleaner to suck up the ants (whether dead or alive) and the bits of food that you may have spilled. Clean up the upholstery, under the seats, inside the dashboard, and other areas to really get rid of the pests. You’ll be spending money but for a good purpose.

Preventing an Infestation in the Car

The best way that you can keep ants out of your car is if you change your habits and your parking spot at times. If you park near shrubbery or grass, there is a higher chance that ants will come to your car looking for food bits. Speaking of food bits, go easy on the snacking. Not only is that beneficial for health, but it will keep the ants away. Unless you take black coffee without sugar, those mocha lattes from Starbucks may lead ants to you.


We hope the tips we’ve shared above can help you to eliminate ants from your precious car. For more helpful DIY pest control advice, you can call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a representative by clicking the chat link on the left side of our website.

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