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Ants and Electricity

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by STxTesla, Aug 19, 2012.

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  1. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    I am a worrier/thinker and have had problems with ants and electricity in the past. Those little PITAs would find their way into the points of our well pump pressure switches at the ranch and short out the entire system. We would have to periodically pour Sevin dust around the post that held the points box and try our best at sealing the box with silicone to keep them out. I don't know why ants have an affinity for electricity....but they do.

    I don't think that ants would climb past the rubber tires to get into electrical components of the Model S but wanted to throw this topic out for discussion. Do you think we should be concerned about this?
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I've never heard of ants being a problem in the Prius from the forums that I've followed for many years now (rodents yes) so I'm not particularly concerned that ants will find the Model S attractive. I think the problem with wells is that ants are also looking for water and so they are around the electrical parts. There are a lot of ants here in Texas and every so often there is an ant invasion in my house that goes right past the 2001 Prius. So far they have never bothered the Prius or the 6 KVA UPS that they also go past.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I have plenty of ants on the property here and I've never had a problem with them on or near the Roadster. But I do have to routinely deal with them colonizing a breaker box halfway down the drive. I've always assumed it's because it's dark and protected.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    The ants around my house also seem to like the non-electrical mailbox.
     
  5. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Ants can sense electricity and are attracted to it. During this year's droughts, I've had to replace three different light switches that our lovely mini-ants climbed into and shorted out. Turning on the switch results in an arc internal to the switch and then it's done until I purchase a new one!
     
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    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    That's reserved for wasp nests here. They put up a 'No Ants Allowed' sign quite awhile ago.
     
  7. TEG

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    Is there moisture around that switch? Like most creatures, I think they want to find a supply of water. Sometimes a pipe with slightly colder than ambient temp fluid flowing through it causes condensation that they like.
     
  8. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    No....no moisture around the points...they just love to congregate there and short out the box.
    I have always seen/heard of ants being attracted to electricity. I was worried about them finding the charge port on the Tesla
    while it is charging and shorting something out.

    The Prius vehicles to date have not had the ability to charge the battery from an outside source.
     
  9. TEG

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    Never any ant problem with the old Ford RangerEV, or LEAF.

    Now, inside the house where my son spilled some soda...
     
  10. spleen

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    Have not really heard of this being a problem with any of the battery electric vehicles to date, including the Leaf, the Volt, the MiEV, or the plug in Prius.
     
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    Was it Jolt cola? ;)
     
  12. Beavis

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    Ants? No, but my neighbor had a mouse storing dried dog food in his truck's air intake. Anyone know why mice are attracted to F150s?
     
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    I once had a vole that built a nest in my car wheel every single night. I would drive out and a nest would fall on the floor. I'd clean it up only to have it rebuilt the next night. I finally figured out how the darn critter was getting into the garage, and the problem was solved by blocking the route.

    Right now I'm battling swarms of ants that like to build their home between my garage floor and the driveway. I've tried everything including pouring boiling water down the anthill. They keep returning over and over. And no, they haven't bothered the EV or the HPC sitting right in front of them.

    The point is, once a critter finds a nice spot for a nest, they tend to keep returning. It probably has nothing to do with electricity.
     
  14. markwj

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    In Asia we have problems with Geckos. I once had a family set up home in a power supply unit. All was fine until the eggs hatched and the moisture in the egg shorted everything out. Crispy Gecko.

    Weren't there all sorts of problems in Texas with Crazy Fire Ants chewing on wiring?
     
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    Must be certain kinds of ants and even then, perhaps a regional taste is developed. with electricity in most every US home and ants in or near most of them we would be overrun if it was all ants of all kinds.
     
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    Why do ants love electrical equipment? - Yahoo! Answers
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3726/is_199709/ai_n8760991

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1203819/Britain-invaded-power-crazed-super-ants-cause-blackouts-fires.html
    Super-ant arrives in UK / RHS Gardening

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    Ants in my car's pants

    I noticed this summer that my black Model S had ants (tiny ones) crawling on the outside. Searching for the source, I figured it was a trashcan in our garage, so I got rid of that, cleaned where it was, and thought that was that. But still, I noticed ants on the car, congregating at the plug on the car, and crawling all along the left side, mostly along the body panel breaks. Washed the car, gone for a bit, and then back. Was it the wax I was using? I didn't see ants anywhere else in our garage, or on any other cars.

    Well, now I have a white loaner S, and they are much more visible. Crawling all along the side, congregating near where the plug goes in, but front to back, mostly on the driver's (and plug) side. NONE go in the car (even with windows open). Picture is after I came back from a drive so there are only a couple there (see, they're the tiny ones). Since they are on the white car, it tells me it's not the wax I'm using. Is it the electricity? Will they do damage? I'll set up some traps, but hoping this isn't going to be an ongoing problem (and dead ant goo can definitely mess with electronics)...

    Wondering if anyone else is having this experience...?

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  18. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    There are ants that are attracted to electromagnetic fields, those tiny ones look like the ones that tend to congregate around certain switches and receptacles in my home as well. Believe it or not, I've replaced three light switches in my bathroom in 13 years from ants that congregate within the switch and short them out.

    Computers at risk from Crazy Raspberry ants - Techworld.com

    I haven't seen any gathering on my car (yet), but will keep an eye out. This hasn't been an ant year for us.
     
  19. jcadman22

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    I have noticed the exact same situation that Scott described on my car. I park and charge outside so I assumed they were crawling up the charge cable, but I've also wondered if they're attracted by the electric fields now present in my driveway. They were more prevalent in the Spring than they are now.

    Ironically, I also have a loaner now and haven't seen them on the Multi-Coat Red. Which is surprising because that color definitely attracts attention :biggrin:
     
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    Im having the problem with spiders. None of my other vehicles at home have spiders. The MS, all over, from the day I got it. Even had some INSIDE my tail lights until they were sealed. Now I have a big dead one in my tail light because it couldnt get out after the service center resealed my lights due to water ingress.
     

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