How can I get ants out of my laptop?

Karkala Nayak January 26, 2012

My laptop is swarming with ants. My laptop has become like a ants night club or some kind of a leisure public club. I want to get rid of them from my laptop what should I do?

  1. Linh
    September 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I read this article. It's truly helpful!

  2. Siddu
    September 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Use vacuum cleaner to suck them out. Its so simple :)

  3. ashokmadhan p
    June 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

    then sink LAPTOP in water for 5 minutes. THE ANTS WILL DEAD.

    • ABC
      June 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

      ants will be dead along with laptop... :)

  4. soothsayer
    April 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Keep a box of sugar just beside the laptop...once the ants come over move it far away...repeat it whenever they attack ur lappy ;)

  5. Aithusanthoshreddy
    March 25, 2012 at 7:18 am

    i hav d same prblm... my laptob atacd by red ants... so best of ur sugestns  i need 2 go 2 dell service centre..... thanq guys for posting ur ideas 

    • Unknown Person
      April 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

      Simply do this.
      Put your laptop on one end of the table a plat o nice food on the other side. Use the ant poison you can get online and put it in the food. After you will have a big mess of dead ants though but it works. Ive tried it. After that don't put food on your laptop, keep it clean. Eat away from the laptop because this is the common reason why they are in your laptop is because you have some sorta food crumbs in your laptop usually from having food on the keys. Thats why I have a keyboard guard so if I mess my laptop it doesn't go in the laptop.

      • Unknown Person
        April 14, 2012 at 5:11 am

        I still do have a messy laptop right know though :) I gotta clean it when I get around it. Lucky I have a keyboard guard

  6. Amit Sharma
    February 4, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Your Laptop needs a little Sun bath..believe me that's going to help you out..Place your laptop for few hours under the sunlight..they'll leave your laptop for sure..

    • Karkala Nayak
      February 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Thank you Amit for your reply, I gave my laptop to the dell service center and they cleaned it up and I have my laptop back home now..Its safe and clean now...Anyway thank you for the Tip..

      • Smayonak
        February 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

        I'm glad you fixed the problem! Using the warranty was probably the best solution. Smart thinking.

        Out of curiosity's sake, did anything sweet get spilled into it? Or were the ants just attracted to the heat?

        • Karkala Nayak
          February 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

          No Nothing got spilled, the main point was that I used to eat on the table, where my Laptop had laid. Also that night, I had harvested on some sweet dessert. Also some had got onto the Touch Pad(You know I ate then used the laptop in the middle, then got back to eating.) Oil stains were seen on the touch pad which was shockingly pointed out by the repair guy. :)so that was the story.. :)

  7. Karkala Nayak
    January 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I really don't know about the species of these ants but they are very tiny, very fast and black in color. they are mainly aiming for those tiny spaces like gaps on the edges of the laptop screen.. keyboard areas... i cannot take the risks such as opening up my laptop like FIDELIS said...and smayonak am from India and not from texas anyway i loved the *electro-ant* article....I would take my Laptop to the dell service center as my laptop is still on waranty so *EVERYONE THANKS FOR SHARING THE HELPFUL THOUGHTS!..

    • Rehan
      July 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      You hail from Odisha ? I do and I am facing the same problem, tiny and fast ants as well as bigger red ants coming out through the keyboard of the laptop. Coincidentally, both of us are talking about the same model - Dell Inspiron N5010 ! They don't bother me enough because within 5 minutes of powering up laptop, they flee, I use brushes to drive away whatever are left

      But Smayonak's comment has got me all bothered. Firstly because, I had the notion that all ants do attack small wires , not necessarily to eat, especially tiny wires as we see inside computers. That's conventional wisdom here, I have seen them cut through paper and plastic bags such as Lays bag. (I may have been mislead)
      However, just month back my hard disk crashed and became unusable. While taking the crashed hdd and installing new we didn't find any ant infestation. But I find the same problem now and my DVD drive is not working.
      The weirdest part is, I have a Dell Vostro too but it is seldom attacked by ants !

      I was looking for some insecticide spray,the odor of which ants find,
      repulsive. So I can spray all around it when putting it where I do. I am pretty certain they come fr0m outside, no infestation.

      • puru pokharna
        August 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        hey Rehan..the same thing happnd with me today.. and dis ant insecticide which you mentioned, What if it cause harm to the laptop..?

  8. Smayonak
    January 27, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Karkala Nayak: Where are you from? There are actually a species of electronics-killing ants that were "discovered" in Texas several years ago. They are drawn to all kinds of computer equipment. 

    If they get into your computer be careful that you do not get them angry as they will release pheromones that will attract more ants!

    • Oron Joffe
      January 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

      You're quite right (and put a smile on my face!). Let me add this caveat then:  "Unless the the ants are crazy raspberry ants...".

  9. Oron Joffe
    January 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Ants aren't going to damage your laptop unless they get electrocuted inside, so I would suggest leaving a little sugar outside the laptop near the ant trail, and putting ant poison near other openings of the laptop. Once the ants have left the laptop, put some ant poison near the "main entrance" to kill any remaining stragglers.

    • Aibek
      January 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

      I second that

  10. Anonymous
    January 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Check first a technician help for cleaning laptop in right way and this to ensure the safety of the laptop, if ants nested deep in laptop. Perhaps this is better then to do mistakes and get laptop beyond recovery.

  11. Karkala Nayak
    January 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    My Laptop model is Dell Inspiron N5110...

    January 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Hello, I would say your best bet is to disassemble your laptop completely.  If you post your laptop model and brand name, I could probably find visual instructions for you to follow.

    • Karkala Nayak
      January 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

      My Laptop model is Dell Inspiron N5110..

      • FIDELIS
        January 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

        Hello, here is the manual provided by Dell.  Make sure to follow the steps provided with Manual.  Keep in mind that if your laptop is still under warranty, it will be voided.  Also be very carefull with tape cables, specially for keyboard, and plugs for speakers, etc.:

        If possible, download the manual so that you can follow instructions.

        This next tutorial has images to help you take your laptop apart:

        Here is another link for a similar model:

        • Karkala Nayak
          January 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

          Thank you very much for the great info and URLS but i cant take the risk of opening up my laptop so i would be giving it to the authorised dealer as my laptop is still on waranty.Anyway thanks

        • Jay.0
          January 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          It can be a problem, if they damage keypad or die in the screen.

          I had the same situation, ants were red that can sting.
          After struggling for some days, they did not come back.

          As soon as I noticed the ants, I started keeping my laptop to a place were ants can't reach.
          I read about some solution like keeping food near the laptop, blowing air etc.

          But Dell provides a great service, and it will not cost you because of the warranty, so it will be the best option.

        • FIDELIS
          January 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

          Not a problem.  You are the boss so you know what is best for you.   

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