Ants trying to crawl into my Macbook Pro!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cathyy, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    About a month back I accidentally dropped just a handful of crumbs on my Macbook Pro's keyboard and speaker grills. I tried getting some out, but without much success. The next day when I opened the lid of the Macbook Pro, I could see 3 ants crawling about. I didn't really know what to do other than try to shake the crumbs out, and I kinda hoped the ants would stop eventually.

    Since then, I would have an ant crawl over my Macbook Pro every couple of hours. I finally decided to observe one of them. It walked on the left palm rest, tried to find an entrance through my trackpad, climbed off my Macbook Pro, and started walking around the base trying to find a way in. It finally did walk under the base from the right side, so I lifted up my Macbook Pro to look for it. However it suddenly disappeared. I'm guessing it must have came out and crawled into the FireWire ports on the right while I was looking underneath for it.

    About a minute later, it climbed out, walked over the right speaker grill then onto the monitor hinge, almost wanted to walk in through the vent but it changed it's mind and started crawling on the lid instead. I closed the lid of my Macbook Pro and squished it.

    So I'm kinda wondering what exactly the ant is looking for? It seems to be finding an entrance in, but even when it did, it came out? It also saw the vents but didn't go in. (there's a possibility it was too hot)

    Were they still looking for the crumbs that I dropped almost a month ago? What should I do? :(
  2. catdog02481 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The wanton taking of another life is wrong.
    Did you know that crabs can feel pain and remember it too, could you have not kindly led the ant away from your "green" macbook pro without violence.
    Just a thought...
    I wonder what the ant's family is thinking right now that their dad did not come back home last night...
  3. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
  4. catdog02481 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    In terms of what you should do now, how about donating $1000 for the study of ants to your local favorite college. I think there is a guy at Harvard studying ant colonies and such....
  5. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Constructive posts please. You're not helping. :mad:
  6. JoshJosh117, Mar 28, 2009
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016
  7. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    I would use a strong hoover (Dyson) and hover quite closely over the keyboard buttons (even try taking them off) and over the grills.

    Hope it helps.
  8. eddieiseddie macrumors member


    Jul 9, 2008
  9. zotes24 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2008
    haha omg this is too funny
  10. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
  11. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    No crumbs - but a few ants persist in going across my screen and area by the MacBook Pro sticker. I've learned to simply watch them cruise about.

    They are obviously MBP fans :D
  12. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Yea, but I didn't have any ants crawling about prior to that incident.

    Would your suggest using a hand-held vacuum or taking apart the case to clean up whatever's inside?

    Also, thanks a lot catdog2481 for hi-jacking my thread.
  13. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    why'd you drop crumbs into your computer in the first place? you shouldn't eat sloppily in front of delicate electronic equipment. :rolleyes:

    seriously, take apart the computer and vacuum the sh*t out of it.
  14. Jurwin macrumors regular


    Just run handbrake while ants are in your laptop. That should cook them alive. They can't survive the heat! :D
  15. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    Hey, an ant free MBP and dinner.

    Who can complain? :rolleyes:
  16. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    I play lots of TF2, so that should have been enough to kill anything that's inside. They come back after I'm done though.

    It was kinda an accident. I had a couple of crumbs on a small plate which I wanted to clear, but I accidentally dropped them over it.
  17. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
  18. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Don't Panic but try CandyBar. ;) :D
  19. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    On a serious note.

    Buy one of those Ant traps that have poison food in them, that they carry back to their colony and eat, killing all of them and the queen. Place it near your MBP.

    I believe Raid makes them?
  20. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Drastic times call for drastic measures. Find a used computer dealer or look around for any sort of 'windows xp inside' or better yet, an 'optimized for vista' decal.

    Put it on your mac in a place where the ants can see it.

    After the smart ants have fled, and dumb ones that stayed in the machine have sickened and died, vacuum out your pro, and remove all traces of the sticker or decal.

    I'd further suggest having a priest do an exorcism and then blessing your machine via irc, or preferably, iChat.
  21. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    The ifixit site has a guide to taking it apart. Doesn't look like fun though..

    I would try vacuuming it, maybe with some compressed air to try to blow things out.

    Does squishing ants with the screen void the warranty?

    Amazingly there is a forum post on this very topic on the apple site. Kinda like this one but with less ant jokes. :)
  22. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Seriously guys, these posts aren't helping the OP...
  23. MidwestStuck macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Estados Unidos
    First, I have to say the account was amusing to read. Secondly, if you're having a lot of trouble with ants you can try putting salt around your MBP. It sounds stupid, but that'll definitely discourage them from crawling into your computer.
  24. PeteB macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    Just wait. If the ants are smelling food (=crumbs) in your laptop, let them go clean it out for you.

    They'll stop when there's no reason to enter again.

    A couple of days and you'll be free of them.
  25. PeteB macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    They're also averse to mint.

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