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greatm31
Jun 23, 2006, 11:33 AM
I'm really worried about my powerbook because somehow there appears to be an ant colony inside it. I just noticed this the other day when ants started crawling all over it, coming from the keyboard and fan area. I don't know what to do!! I'm totally serious about this, and I'm really afraid the whole thing is going to explode if they start chewing on important parts. Any suggestions??



iShane
Jun 23, 2006, 11:36 AM
How would ants get in your PowerBook? The first thing I would do is power it off and take off the keyboard.

emw
Jun 23, 2006, 11:38 AM
I've heard of bugs in hardware before, but this is ridiculous.

Anyway, this seems to be a big of an odd situation. Perhaps powering down, taking out the battery, then using a little RAID on it? And by that, I don't mean insuring data integrity. I'm not sure of the ramifications of that, though. Maybe an any trap near the PB?

Queso
Jun 23, 2006, 11:38 AM
LOL. You'll need to entice them out with something. Not quite sure what though. Maybe one of those jam and water in a jar traps? :confused:

dmurray14
Jun 23, 2006, 11:43 AM
Oh man! That's a new one, for sure. Did you maybe spill something on/into the keyboard that they'd be interested in? I can't imagine they would TRY to get inside it, but who knows!

Dan

iGary
Jun 23, 2006, 11:45 AM
Take out your battery and smooge a little ant-killing gel on the back side (you can get this at the hardware store). The ants eat it, take it back to the queen and feed it to her, stopping the life cycle. If they are indeed inside of your machine, this will stop them form multiplying.

greatm31
Jun 23, 2006, 11:48 AM
there's some, uh, sauce, that landed at the edge of the fan area, but very little. i never would have though it could cause something like this. i'd take this thing apart myself but i'm not particularly good at that sort of thing. should i take it to the apple store? will they void my warranty?

iGary
Jun 23, 2006, 11:49 AM
there's some, uh, sauce, that landed at the edge of the fan area, but very little. i never would have though it could cause something like this. i'd take this thing apart myself but i'm not particularly good at that sort of thing. should i take it to the apple store? will they void my warranty?

That's it then.

I wouldn't take it apart, just clean it up best you can and then use the gel outside ofthe PowerBook (on a desk or something) to keep the colony from coming back.

macintoshxiii
Jun 23, 2006, 11:50 AM
fix it up soon buddy! ANTS!!! in your machine is not good...nah nah no good!!!

LastLine
Jun 23, 2006, 11:52 AM
Am I the first one who's thought to say this?


Photos :D

Fleetwood Mac
Jun 23, 2006, 11:54 AM
You should take your PowerBook to get serviced professionaly. What are you waiting for? Stop reading this!! Go now!!! Run!!!!!! (don't trip :cool: )

MattG
Jun 23, 2006, 11:54 AM
Well at least they're ants with good taste in computing hardware...

QCassidy352
Jun 23, 2006, 12:00 PM
turn it off and put it in the refrigerator? Freeze em out! :D

plinden
Jun 23, 2006, 12:03 PM
If you have ants in your computer, you have a problem in your house. If you're reluctant to use poison or to spray toxic substances around where you work, follow the trail back to where they're entering your house, and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon at the entry point. They won't come back ... that route, anyway. They'll find another way in, but just repeat the above.

A small jar of cinnamon costs pennies and would last you a couple of years. And if you're concerned about the important role that ants play in the ecosystem (I'm not trying to push an agenda, just pointing out one issue that might be of concern to some) you won't be killing a colony.

dpaanlka
Jun 23, 2006, 12:12 PM
If you're ok with just leaving sauce that spills on the side of your beautiful PowerBook, I'm guessing the rest of your work area/room is not in the best condition?

emw
Jun 23, 2006, 12:30 PM
turn it off and put it in the refrigerator? Freeze em out! :DWrap it in a ziplock baggie first, just so they don't end up dead all over your refrigerator.

topgunn
Jun 23, 2006, 12:30 PM
Also see this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=138394) thread which is a similar problem with an iMac. Or this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=14419&highlight=ants) thread that references a Slashdot story where an iBook becomes infested. Here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=153080&highlight=ants) is another.

Ants do millions of dollars worth of damage to electrical equipment every year in Texas alone. The quote below was taken from this (http://www.reedlink.com/SingleArticle~ContentId~60735~pub~PD.html) article.
A Texas study found the ants damage equipment such as airport landing lights, churches, nurseries, sod producers, golf courses, commercial businesses, electric communications, homes, cars, trucks, and even cemeteries.

The hum of electrical equipment is like a love song for these ants. Dr. Drees says that the cold-blooded animals are attracted to the extra warmth that utility housings and other electrical devices give off during winter. The ants seek the shelter of these places during heavy rains. But their mere presence is destructive. The ants bring nesting soil, which has a corrosive effect on wires and switches. The ants chew on insulation, causing short circuits and switch failures. Even worse, ants which are electrocuted in the process of chewing on wires can cause a lemming-like effect. The dead ants release a pheromone that attracts other worker ants. The bodies of dead ants pile up and jam the switching mechanisms and muck up the wiring.

Fleetwood Mac
Jun 23, 2006, 12:47 PM
Don't freeze the machine!!! The battery has distiled water inside, and freezing causes things to contract quite generally. Your machine could crack right up.

Edit: I didn't even mention the screen, which wouldn't last half an hour.......