Can you see some ants coming out from your laptop holes, USB, keyboards?
Is your Laptop performing sluggishly?
Is it restarting or closing down all of a sudden without a reason?
If Yes, then you may have ants infestation in your laptop
Don’t worry, In this article I will give you 5 Tips to Remove ants infestation from your notebook computer fast
Why Ants infested your laptop
1. Due to Ants Nature
Ants are troublesome creatures, they can reproduce in large numbers.
A Queen Ant which is responsible for laying eggs and bringing new ants to life can lay from 100 eggs to up to 1000 eggs in a single day.
Ants are creatures that do not excavate holes or cavities for making nests to some extent. That’s why they are constantly looking for cavities to nest in
Your Laptop provides them with fine cavities for them to enter. They are very small in size, less than 1/8th of an inch, this allows them to crawl inside computers and other electronic devices, which is home to protected cavities and are great for these ants
2. You Spilled Food Item or Juice
The next reason other than providing a good place for ants to live is food. They want food to survive.
If your Laptop provides food. They may consider making it as there new home. But they don’t eat silicon chips or copper wires
The reason that your laptop is infected by ants can be that you spilled juice on your device or any food item especially the candies or chocolate.
3. Ants are attracted to warmth
Ants are attracted to warmth
They love being in a warm nest.
They don’t like rain or snow
Remember they like warmth not heat
The electric circuitry and processor creates warmth in your laptop to which ants can get attracted. They can detect the magnetic waves near electric wiring
This could be the reason ants considering your laptop inside as their new home
4. Bad Sanitation
The other reason for ant infestation can be bad sanitation practices.
It can be dust accumulation or food particles dropped inside your device through tiny spaces
Dust and Filth attract not only ants but any kind of pests like cockroaches.
Be it any reason that your laptop got infected by ants swarm.
In the Next Section, I will give you some actionable and proven tips to remove these troublesome ants
I will also guide you on how to prevent the ants from coming in the future.
Tips to Remove Ants from Laptop Device
#1. Put Laptop in the SunLight
Take your laptop, go to your home terrace and place your laptop under the bright sun
If the Sunlight is too hot, don’t place your laptop for more than 30 mins
If you can open the laptop case, then it will be more effective in the sun
The daylight will cause heating in your laptop which will make ants run away from home(laptop).
Many Ants will leave, but there can be still some ants left.
This method is not very effective
#2. Use Vacuum to suck out Ants
Use a small vacuum device specially made for cleaning electronic devices.
Don’t use the vacuum cleaner you use for cleaning your home. It is overkill for your notebook computer
Place the small vacuum cleaner on your laptop caveats like USB, headphone jack, fans, keyboards and turn on the vacuum
It will suck out the ants.
This method is Moderately Effective, It may not clear ants completely
It will be best if you open the laptop case and then vacuum it
#3. Use Sweet and Savoury Bait
Ants love sweet food items like candies, sugar, syrup, chocolate.
If you don’t believe me sprinkle some sugar granules over your laptop or paint some sugar syrup on your device with a brush.
Within a few hours to days, your laptop will become a new home to an ant colony. Even the Ant Queen herself will relocate to your Device(pun intended).
Coming to this technique
Close your laptop power
Try to close all the small openings in your laptop leaving 1 single opening
Place a bait mixed with insecticide near to that opening.
The ants will be attracted to the bait without noticing the poison in it.
The ants colony will eventually die.
This method is effective and takes some time but it will leave your laptop with several killed ants which you have to clean.
#4. Mini Water Moat Method (Highly Effective)
In this method, you have to make a mini moat for your laptop such that it is isolated from all sides by water, and there’s only one single route of escape.
a) Take A Bowl of Water place it on a flat surface.
b) Use some kind of stand such that you can place it in the bowl of water and on top of that you will place your laptop device. Make sure the stand remains fixed and your device does not fall
c) Place straw or stick touching the flat surface with your laptop device.
d) Wait for some time from at least a day to a week.
e) Ants will leave your device and you will get a clean device without manual removing them
Why Does the Water Moat Method Work?
Ants are colonists.
There is a scout or worker ants which scout the surroundings for food or any other danger.
When you isolate the laptop(ants inside) from water. The ants see danger and no path to escape
But we have not enclosed the ants entirely, we have given ants a single path to enter or exit.
Using this path ants goes away from the laptop which is not a good home to live as it is surrounded by water from everywhere.
To make this method more effective use a large wide bowl comparable to the size of your laptop and place the straw or stick to give the single entry/exit to ants after 1 day.