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This is not an april fools joke, I am serious, there are ants coming out of my keyboard.

not en masse, but I've got about 6 so far, and there seems to be more every time I leave the Pbook unattended for a few hours.

Could this be fatal for the computer in anyway? what if I squish one while typing? what could they possibly be after? and why was I foolish enough to let it get there in the first place? and how can I clean under the keyboard?

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post #2 of 40
well, considering the pbo is portable, you must have a serious ant problem for them to be able to get inside it while youre not walking around and taking the laptop places. i took a course in entomology (the study of insects, NOT words), and i cant think of any reason my prof gave for infestation other than being messy and having food crumbs and everything all over the place. so... clean, and see what happens.
post #3 of 40
#1: Stop eating over your computer.
#2: Ants will not short out your keyboard because everything is coated and insulated.
#3: I do suggest cleaning your keyboard.
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post #4 of 40
Compressed air, those suckers wont be able to hold on.

I remember a few years ago there was some big computer, was supposed to be the fastest system in the world to date that they could not get to run properly no matter how hard they tried. After checking and re checking software for weeks they went inside and checked all the hardware before finally finding a cockroach in the computer, after removal of the cockroach the system worked as it was supposed to. Brings new meaning to the phrase [bad pun]computer bug[/bad pun]
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post #5 of 40
if I recall correctly there was an iBook that had this problem (but MUCH worse) around a year ago... do a search on google or www.appleturns.com I'm fairly sure that they did a story about it...

just search for ants...
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post #6 of 40
There are probably ants inside my tower...seriously. Maybe thats why I hear static from my headphones now...that or my M-Audio Revolution is messed up now. My keyboard is atrocious I shake out like a pound of crumbs every day...sad really.
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post #7 of 40
I know there's a bit of pizza under my "u" I'm obviously going to have to get onto it.

I was worried about this after I moved into this house with no fly screens on the windows. There are lots of bugs inside and they all show an inordinate amount of interest in both my computers AND the iPod. I remember an AtAT story about bugs in a cinema display. What is it with insects and Apple products???

Compressed air sounds like the go wobot. Although they can be persistent little buggers. Weird shit.
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What is it with insects and Apple products???

And I paid extra for Apple to work out all the bugs in their hardware!

Naa, I think because of all the clear plastic you can see the bugs easier. Also with Apple's products being small and compact they tend to be warmer. That also attracts some bugs.
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post #9 of 40
I had ants last year in my Sony Wega 21" TV.

Basically they get in from the side of the house and through little gaps in teh hardwood floor. The room is clean, it's just that the TV is nice and warm compared to the rest of the air conditioned room. SO when they got into the TV, enough of them died (from whatever, probably spiders) and ants tend to come back/send out scouts to collect their dead (they get reconsumed). Ants leave chemical trails.

I once drew highway lines on my kitchen wall when we had a worse ant problem a decade ago. They actually drive on the right. There were even specific rest areas. I kid you not. (Well the rest areas were merely trails from mistaken ants - again, where one ant goes, the rest will try to follow.)

I put a strip of duct tape across their little highway and they all bunched up on both sides of it, having no clue where to go. (The movie A Bugs Life alludes to this )

I found that by sufficiently destroying their trail they stopped coming. And make sure to collect any dead ants and deposit them outside away from the house. I'm serious, they will detect the scent of their fallen comrades.

I can't recall what I used to break the trail. i seem to think it was rubbing alcohol but obviously be careful what you use on what surface. Test it first on a section that isn't visible.
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post #10 of 40
Lemon Pledge.

Destroys their scent trail, and they hate the smell of it. Seriously.

My wife went into the kitchen one night a few years ago when we were living in a less than stellar place, and there were hundreds of huge (1"+) ants all over the kitchen. We swept, we scrubbed, we tracked them. They were coming from under the door to the back yard. Okay, I hit it with silicone caulking thinking 'this will do it'. They found a crack in the wall next to it. *sigh* Obviously I needed to block them on the outside. Tried scrubbing with 409. Nope. Tried Windex. Nope. Finally, my dad mentioned that Lemon Pledge worked for him once - I tried it, and they never came back. Also, it's waxy, so it stands up to light washing and/or mild rain.
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post #11 of 40
I recall using actual lemons but I'm hesitant to recommend it (I think some of the sugars might be a bad thing? Maybe I used rinds? Damn, where is my ex-wife to remind me?
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post #12 of 40
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Originally posted by DMBand0026
Brings new meaning to the phrase [bad pun]computer bug[/bad pun]

actually the term 'debugging a computer' came from some university or something like that when computers were first becoming popular. there was a moth stuck inside the computer, causing problems, so they took it out and labeled the computer "de-bugged." i was skeptical at first too, but that story is 100% true.
post #13 of 40
Yup, here's the first computer bug (seriously):

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/i...00/h96566k.jpg


The person who discovered it:

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/p...-h/g-hoppr.htm




My, how far we've come
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post #14 of 40
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Originally posted by johnq
Yup, here's the first computer bug (seriously):

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/i...00/h96566k.jpg


The person who discovered it:

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/p...-h/g-hoppr.htm




My, how far we've come


Am I the only one who finds it incredibly amusing the woman that found the first computer bug's name is Grace hopper?
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post #15 of 40
Grace Hopper? Sounds a bit like grasshopper.

Coincidence??? I think not! (cue Twilight Zone music)
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Am I the only one who finds it incredibly amusing the woman that found the first computer bug's name is Grace hopper?

Obviously not!

(damn you, damn you, damn you)

(bastard!!!)
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gah! we meet again!

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post #18 of 40
I had this same problem a few years ago with my Lombard: ants were coming out of the speaker grill. I wiped the 'Book down with rubbing alcohol a few times which did the trick. The ants couldn't stand the stuff.
post #19 of 40
I always get those tiny spiders crawling around under the clear plastic on my G4 Cube. Then the crawl inside and I always figured they got roasted.

Fortunately theres never been the Roasted Ant smell permeating out of my computer.
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Fortunately theres never been the Roasted Ant smell permeating out of my computer.

Smelled a lot of roasted ants have we? (don't tell me I can guess - they smell a bit like roast chicken right?)
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post #21 of 40
Yuck, I hate that smell.

Last year sucked, I had ants, spiders and moths in my room. It was like the frigging Amityville Horror.

The spiders were of course there because of the ants and the moths. The moths were there because I had used an incandescent bulb in a 3rd lamp (Japanese paper ball thing, which they thought was Sol, the Sun apparently) by the window and over my desk, rather than my usual compact fluorescent bulbs in my usual 2 lamps.

Got rid of that, so no moths.

Good floor scrubbing with Murphy's Oil Soap made it less attractive to the ants, by then it was Fall and they all died/left.

Next year I'll be in Bangkok fighting mosquitos and scorpions... Ah well...they will win in the end.
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post #22 of 40
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Originally posted by Wrong Robot
This is not an april fools joke, I am serious, there are ants coming out of my keyboard.

not en masse, but I've got about 6 so far, and there seems to be more every time I leave the Pbook unattended for a few hours.

Could this be fatal for the computer in anyway? what if I squish one while typing? what could they possibly be after? and why was I foolish enough to let it get there in the first place? and how can I clean under the keyboard?

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any intelligant fool would know to open teh "little numlock light" thing so you can lift up your keyboard and see the insides and spray raid all over the place its the most obvioust thing to do!!!!1!!!!!11111

am i teh only one here with any sense here.... trust me on this i had the same problem but b careful puting the keyboard back my computer wont work and i think the keyboard is effeting it
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post #23 of 40
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Originally posted by crazychester
Smelled a lot of roasted ants have we? (don't tell me I can guess - they smell a bit like roast chicken right?)

More like battery acid \

Ant blood is highly acidic, it's a defense mechanism of sorts. Anteaters have developed ways to cope with the acidity, but generally, it wards off animals from eating ants.
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i had to do that its too late at night and too tempting to think otherwise
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post #25 of 40
Oh cool, I can tell of a story that has become lore around the ITS office at the School Board here:

In the process of doing Office 2000 installs, we send out an "Onsite Tech" team consisting of about five people to perform the installs. It's a nice divide and conquer system. Well one teacher mentions to a tech that her computer makes a funny noise, even when it's not plugged in. The Tech, obviously though she was mistaken (come on, how can a computer make noise when not plugged in?) so he went to check it out during her class, and low and behold, she was right. So the Tech figures that "This isn't right" and opens the case. Upon opening the case, a huge hoard of cockroaches streamed out of the computer, engulfing the surface of the desk. The Tech said something along the lines of "Oh f*^k" and ran out tearing his clothes off once the 'roaches climbed into his pants. So the Principle sees this half-naked man sprinting down the hall as if his life depended on it and hears crying and screaming from a classroom. When he gets to the hall, most of the class is outside puking, the teacher was on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and the roaches were nowhere to be seen.

Apparently, the women had eaten at her desk, and food crumbs got sucked into the case. The computer was warm, and had food inside it (along with the stuff on the desk outside) so it provided a nice habitat for all those nasty cockroaches.
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Originally posted by Crusader
Oh cool, I can tell of a story that has become lore around the ITS office at the School Board here:

In the process of doing Office 2000 installs, we send out an "Onsite Tech" team consisting of about five people to perform the installs. It's a nice divide and conquer system. Well one teacher mentions to a tech that her computer makes a funny noise, even when it's not plugged in. The Tech, obviously though she was mistaken (come on, how can a computer make noise when not plugged in?) so he went to check it out during her class, and low and behold, she was right. So the Tech figures that "This isn't right" and opens the case. Upon opening the case, a huge hoard of cockroaches streamed out of the computer, engulfing the surface of the desk. The Tech said something along the lines of "Oh f*^k" and ran out tearing his clothes off once the 'roaches climbed into his pants. So the Principle sees this half-naked man sprinting down the hall as if his life depended on it and hears crying and screaming from a classroom. When he gets to the hall, most of the class is outside puking, the teacher was on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and the roaches were nowhere to be seen.

Apparently, the women had eaten at her desk, and food crumbs got sucked into the case. The computer was warm, and had food inside it (along with the stuff on the desk outside) so it provided a nice habitat for all those nasty cockroaches.

ugh i hate roahed and that is one thing i would fear the most...over death... being covered by roaches... AAAAHHHH


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Yuck, I hate that smell.

Last year sucked, I had ants, spiders and moths in my room. It was like the frigging Amityville Horror.

The spiders were of course there because of the ants and the moths. The moths were there because I had used an incandescent bulb in a 3rd lamp (Japanese paper ball thing, which they thought was Sol, the Sun apparently) by the window and over my desk, rather than my usual compact fluorescent bulbs in my usual 2 lamps.

Got rid of that, so no moths.

Good floor scrubbing with Murphy's Oil Soap made it less attractive to the ants, by then it was Fall and they all died/left.

Next year I'll be in Bangkok fighting mosquitos and scorpions... Ah well...they will win in the end.

Ah! You've just reminded me (sorry to derail your thread wobot, truly I am) I had this moth get into the house just after I moved in that had the wing span of a sparrow and a body the size of a tiger prawn (ie. shrimp). I do not exaggerate.

Now ants, spiders other creepy crawlies I don't mind but friggin' fluttery moths bug (!) me. It's like they were given the ability to fly but with absolutely no ability to steer. Eventually had to kill it. Just couldn't handle it. Will probably come back in my next life as a millipede because it was a such magnificent creature. Oh well.

(hey sounds like great advice PS5533 )
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More like battery acid \

Ant blood is highly acidic, it's a defense mechanism of sorts. Anteaters have developed ways to cope with the acidity, but generally, it wards off animals from eating ants.

Oh I see you're doing a fine job of derailing your thread all on your own.
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(hey sounds like great advice PS5533 )

well i promise you that if i ever get an ant in this machine(G4 ti 550MHz) then i will both spray the computer down with it and i'll also spray it in my eyes and mouth because if an insect ever were touch a Mac it would be very sinful VERY!!!!!11!!
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Oh I see you're doing a fine job of derailing your thread all on your own.

I have no problems derailing my own thread, especially after relevant information has been posted...
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post #31 of 40
This has to be the most unintentionally comical thread I have ever read!

One of my ex-girlfriends has ants in her PC... it was odd. One day I lifted the top handle and a mini army of them raced out. I was always hoping that they would one day short something but her box (no pun intended) is still running smoothly.
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You know, in Arab countries, it is illegal for them to kill roaches.
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You know, in Arab countries, it is illegal for them to kill roaches.

Roach-sized suicide vests have yet to be perfected, apparently. For surely, if it's ok to send your son out to die and blow up Jews, it would be ok to send suicidal roaches. Maybe it's just my skewed American perspective.
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Maybe roaches just aren't enticed by a heaven filled with virgin roaches...
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Maybe roaches just aren't enticed by a heaven filled with virgin roaches...

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post #36 of 40
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Originally posted by Wrong Robot
[B]This is not an april fools joke, I am serious, there are ants coming out of my keyboard.
Could this be fatal for the computer in anyway?

Keyboard.. hmmm... might cause some difficulties to type with that keyboard... Probably not because of ants but the food you have dropped in...

But, CD/DVD drive will probably act weirdly if ants "flesh'n'bones" are spinnig around (inside) your drive....
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Ant blood is highly acidic, it's a defense mechanism of sorts. Anteaters have developed ways to cope with the acidity, but generally, it wards off animals from eating ants.

I hear that ants taste kind of like lemonade, maybe that's why. Apparently some of the larger varieties can actually be used for nutrition if you're desperate (or just live somewhere where people like to eat bugs).
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The anteater, aardvark, spiny anteater (echidna), and scaly anteater (pangolin) are completely unrelated - infact, the closest relatives to anteaters are sloths and armadillos, the closest relative to the spiny anteater is the platypus, and the aardvark is in an order all by itself.
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I hear that ants taste kind of like lemonade, maybe that's why. Apparently some of the larger varieties can actually be used for nutrition if you're desperate (or just live somewhere where people like to eat bugs).

Well, I've tasted ants before(as gross as that sounds) And they are very acidic, it burns your tongue, I guess it is sort of like lemonade, lemonade with no sugar, that was made from sour lemons.

There is a type of ant, I forget it's name, but they store vast(for them) amounts of honey and sugars in a special sac behind their abdomen. They are supposedly delicious, well, the sac part, you wouldn't eat the head.
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Well, I've tasted ants before(as gross as that sounds) And they are very acidic, it burns your tongue, I guess it is sort of like lemonade, lemonade with no sugar, that was made from sour lemons.

There is a type of ant, I forget it's name, but they store vast(for them) amounts of honey and sugars in a special sac behind their abdomen. They are supposedly delicious, well, the sac part, you wouldn't eat the head.

I think this might be what you're referring to http://www.frogandtoad.com.au/aborig...ushtucker.html


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Store honeydew in their swollen abdomens. Women in Central Australia dig deeply to uncover them in their underground nests. They are particularly plentiful around Papunya, which means "Honey Ant Dreaming".

And yes, the echidna and platypus are both monotremes - egg-laying mammals.
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