Today I brought out my external HDD and it was full of red ants. It took me an hour to remove the ants (it seems quite impossible to remove all of them; some are still inside). I always see some ants are coming out of my laptop. My sister's laptop is infested too. Some keys are not working. So, it's a big problem. I have two questions:

  • Does anyone know how to prevent red ants from entering electronic equipment like laptop, HDD etc?

  • How to remove the ant colony that are inside the laptop, HDD?

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, but I don't see any other option.


closed as off-topic by RedGrittyBrick, placeholder, Leon Heller, Matt Young, JYelton Sep 1 '13 at 23:08

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    \$\begingroup\$ Oh, wait, I get this... What you're looking for is an ANTidote. \$\endgroup\$ – Anindo Ghosh Sep 1 '13 at 17:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you try certain condiments such as pepper or cinnamon? some types of ants don't like them.. \$\endgroup\$ – Lior Bilia Sep 1 '13 at 17:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ You need an in-circuit debugger. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Sep 1 '13 at 17:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hire an aardvark. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Sep 1 '13 at 20:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Your question is about insects infesting things in your home, not about electronics design. By coincidence, they've found a home inside electronic equipment, but it could just as well be your furniture or food supplies. I would recommend asking on diy.stackexchange.com as I believe home pest control is on-topic there. See diy.stackexchange.com/search?q=ants \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Sep 1 '13 at 23:13

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