help! ants are inside my powerbook!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by greatm31, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. macrumors member


    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??
  2. macrumors 6502a

    How would ants get in your PowerBook? The first thing I would do is power it off and take off the keyboard.
  3. emw
    macrumors G4


    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?
  4. macrumors G4

    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:
  5. macrumors member

    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!

  6. Guest


    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.
  7. macrumors member


    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?
  8. Guest


    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.
  9. macrumors regular


    fix it up soon buddy! ANTS!!! in your machine is not good...nah nah no good!!!
  10. macrumors 65816

    Am I the first one who's thought to say this?

    Photos :D
  11. macrumors 68040


    Well at least they're ants with good taste in computing hardware...
  12. macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    You should take your PowerBook to get serviced professionaly. What are you waiting for? Stop reading this!! Go now!!! Run!!!!!! (don't trip :cool: )
  13. macrumors G3


    turn it off and put it in the refrigerator? Freeze em out! :D
  14. macrumors 68040


    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.
  15. macrumors 601


    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?
  16. emw
    macrumors G4


    Wrap it in a ziplock baggie first, just so they don't end up dead all over your refrigerator.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Also see this thread which is a similar problem with an iMac. Or this thread that references a Slashdot story where an iBook becomes infested. Here 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 article.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    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.......

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