Will ants eat the inside of your smartphone?
posted by Alan F. / Jun 11, 2013, 8:50 PM
Currently spotted in at least 21 Texas counties and 20 Florida counties, these pests are immune to pesticides and love to travel. In Texas last year, they were responsible for $146.5 million in damages to electronic devices. And besides being hard to kill, when they do get electrocuted inside a device, they release pheromones which attract more ants to the device. And when those ants are electrocuted, more pheromones are released and you can figure out the cycle.
So if your handset or tablet stop working all of a sudden, it might not be something faulty done by the manufacturer. It just might be the result of the Rasberry crazy ant looking to feed off the inside of your electronic devices.
source: ABCNews, RedOrbit via SlashGear
Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012
As if carpenter ants weren't bad enough - they made a nest in our wireless phone base, then inside an electric timer for our water heater. Immune to pesticide? Throw some boric acid powder on them - the stuff literally cuts them up. I doubt they can withstand that.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 9:23 PM 2
Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013
Ants can definitely damage the internals of a computer and even a car. Personal experience from my mum on the latter. She left one of her older cars by the roadside for a month unused. There is a ant hive nearby which neither of us noticed. After a month the car's engine was in a mess and the car is barely usable and had to be sent in to a mechanic for an overhaul - ants infiltrated the engine and damaged several crucial parts. One of my dad's laptop also suffered this before (spilling food on it, even thoug after cleaning, some food materials seeped in, and ants appear later, which also goes unnoticed).
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 9:55 PM 0
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Don't worry, just put a Nokia 3310 next to your smartphone and everything will be okay. Ants are afraid of Nokias right?
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 10:20 PM 9
Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011
I found out about these little pests the other day when they were eating off my.blackberry bush I have in my backyard.and I live in Houston but this ant is a different color my ants were red and about the same color as an army ant.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 10:31 PM 0
Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013
I was going to get an htc one, but now maybe an s4 active and keep it at the bottom of a full glass of water when I am not using it... or does plastic float?
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 11:33 PM 0
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So if pesticides dont work but electrocution sets off a pheromone which attracts more, surely the best way to get rid of the hive would be with an ant equivlilent of a bug zapper. Some sort of container that ants run into and die?
posted on Jun 12, 2013, 2:41 AM 1
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