Ant in my Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shlee10, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. shlee10 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    So my apartment has been having an army of ants marching around for the past month or so and those persistent suckers are all over the carpet of my room. Last night, in a sleepy haze, I put my laptop on the floor and went to bed. I woke up in the morning and opened it again, only to find about five or six ants crawling across my keyboard. I tried to blow them off, thinking this would be an effective method (I had just woken up and was obviously in an ant-induced panic-stricken state of mind) but that apparently compelled the ants to burrow inside my keys.

    Most of them have come out by now and since this is a fairly new computer, I doubt that I've spilled enough sweet/food-type stuff for them to build a nest under my keyboard, but I did see one ant crawl under my G key and it hasn't come out yet. I tried to catch it right before it could disappear and probably broke its leg or something so I'm pretty sure it's just going to die under my key. Is that really gross? Will it harm any hardware? Do dead ants give off any signals for others to come rescue it? Is it worth dismantling my keyboard just to scrape it out? LET ME KNOW, I'M DESPERATE AND ANTSY (ha, pun totally intended). Thanks.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    One run through the dishwasher should clean all that out.
  4. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
  5. frocco macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
  6. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Actually, Ive had this happen before with my 2008 Aluminum MB. I opened the bottom case and used compressed air and blew all the ants out. I have been told insects can short out electronics, although I have no idea how true this really is. I probably had a dozen or more ants in mine.
  7. shlee10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oh my gosh, all your witty but useless replies are not helping! Ants can definitely fit under the keys.. I didn't think they could either but you also tend to forget how tiny and agile ants are. They can slip in and out of your keyboard quite easily.

    @pricej -- how do you open the bottom case? Forgive me, I'm a recent Mac convert, so I'm relatively clueless.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you haven't been able to pick up on it from our replies, it's nothing to worry about. It won't harm your MBP if an ant dies in it. If if was serious enough for concern, we would have responded differently.
  9. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Clean your room :mad:

    also, buy some ant repellant and ant killing stuffs.
  10. shlee10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    @GGJ -- Oh, that's a relief. Let the flippant replies run wild then! Even if the dead ant can't do anything, it still makes me a little uneasy thinking that my G key is its tombstone. Is there an easy way to get it out?
  11. GGJstudios, Apr 1, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    He's stealing all your info and will soon be running up charges on your credit card. If you see lots of ant farm accessories showing up via UPS, you'll know I'm right!
    Just paint some tiny flowers on the G key and you'll be fine.
    You could try compressed air. I wouldn't work too hard at it, though.
  12. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have an easy and reliable solution to this. Install Windows on it. That should generate more bugs that will, hopefully, kill each other and your computer will be bug free.
  13. Mactrillionaire macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2010
    For future reference, put it somewhere inaccessible to bugs while not in use. Of course, we can always hope for the day when Apple offers accidental damage insurance...
  14. FubsyGamr macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2010
    Also, it is possible to pop off the key, to see underneath it, but I don't know if it's worth the trouble.

    Check youtube for how-to videos to pop the key off
  15. David-fr macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2008
    Bay Area
  16. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Remove screws on the bottom, the bottom lid comes right off. Just be careful with the air, you can damage some of the smaller connectors if you hit them directly.
  17. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Psych, april fools.
  18. mallieliz880 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2012
    ants in my keyboard

    I have ants in mine too! I tried to blow them out with compressed air but they just keep coming in and out on their own. Could they nest in there?! I never eat near my computer so there is no food in there for them.
  19. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    have some uncles call the "ants" to come home...
  20. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2009
  21. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    AMAZING THREAD! Although, I've got a sesame seed stuck in my fan.
    Awful noise.
  22. jackrv macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    Step one: Download Final Cut Pro X.
    Step two: Transcode a 2 hour video.

    The resulting nuclear inferno type heat should reduce them to miniscule husks of their former bodies.
  23. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    I saw the first ant of the year trying to make it's way into my MacBook. I moved the MB before the ant could get inside.

    I was going to try and put a joke here but all the best ones have already been thought of.

    We're getting closer to that season now. Spiders and ants oh my.:eek:
  24. aaron580 macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    +1 vote for this method :D
    or play a very graphic intensive game.

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