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I've been having an ant problem in my car for a week now. I have vacuumed it over & over and can't find any ant mounds anywhere. I won't see any and then suddenly I'll see them crawling around by my cup holder and passenger seat. Should I spray ant killer in there or are they coming from the bottom of my car? GRRR Any advice would be great.
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If it were my car, I'd probably put in a couple of Combat ant baits rather than spray. I'm leery of sprays in an enclosed area (including in the house).

Where they are coming from, who knows? But the Combat baits kill the whole ant colony, so it should solve the problem regardless.
In your car?!?!? Crap...that would creep me out. I wouldn't want to spray poison in the car either. I guess just keep doing what you're doing...clean it well so that you get rid of any food that might be attracting them...they love sticky sweet stuff, and cupholders are the perfect place for sticky and sweet...and hope winter comes soon.
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Thanks. I didn't know they had ant baits. I'll have to pick some up. I don't know why they want to be in my car. It's always clean & I don't leave food in there. I haven't spilled anything. Hmm. As far as hoping for winter, I live in southern Mississippi...so it will be hot until December.
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These are the Combat ant baits. A pretty good product. I used to work in a building with a lot of roaches, and when Combat came out (before it was available to consumers) the pest control guy started using them, and they got rid of the roaches entirely, where the sprays he used before didn't.

http://www.combatbugs.com/index.cfm?page_id=193&pid=2
You might also check around where you park. I started getting ants in my truck when I parked near this certain bush at work... once I parked elsewhere, a few days and I was ant-free.
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Ant bait's are a great idea, but it never helped when we had a huge an infestation at my house. What finally worked for me was to put 20 Mule Team Borax Powder, it can be found in the laundry aisle and is usually on the top shelve. Just sprinkle in on the floor and in the cup holder, allow it to sit there for a couple days (I know, ewww, but it's better than having ants), then vacuum it up. It's non-toxic, so you don't have to worry about fumes from either the bait or the spray.
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