Ants in the refrigerator

@Canellita (12061)
United States
October 28, 2009 8:46pm CST
Ants getting inside the house is bad enough but in the refrigerator? Apparently the gaskets around my refrigerator door don't provide a good enough seal because ants managed to find their way into my refrigerator. I have one of the waist high fridges with the tiny little freezer inside and I put a can of soda in the freezer section and forgot about it. Well, the can burst and there was soda everywhere in the freezer and fridge and to make matters worse, a squadron of ants! Interestingly enough the environment inside the fridge was too cold and they died. Why couldn't the entire environment of my house be inhospitable to ants and every other crawling insect or pest?
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@mommaj (22094)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Lower your air. LOL Make your house so cold the pests won't come in. Luckily, we don't have that problem. We usually spray once a month or so. I hate spiders! LOL
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh, the spiders are congregating on the front porch and in the driveway, didn't I tell you? I have a call out to the lizard council.
@scheng1 (22147)
• Singapore
30 Oct 09
Oh no, Mommaj, you should not spray. These are your food supply for a nutritious meal. A cup of coffee with freeze-dried ants from Canellita, then a pot of soup with powdered spiders. Any lizard or bat or other creatures? Just freeze-dried them in winter, then grind into powders, and you have enough food for the next year.
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@mommaj (22094)
• United States
30 Oct 09
At least the spiders aren't in the house! LOL Scheng, I know I said if I ever made it to $2000 in one month for pv I would bring Canellita to visit, but if you are going to serve ant coffee I'm not drinking anything at your house. LOL Besides, spray just adds flavor to the coffee. Who knows maybe you don't want the coffee drinker around. LOL
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
1 Nov 09
*knock on wood* while we do have ants it's a minimum, and I don't think we've ever had them inside our refrigerator. My grandmother has them pretty bad each year. We spray outside the house each year insecticide, and inside the house as well so that helps a great deal to keep the pesky things away. Though we tend to get bees inside our house.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Oh no! We used to get wasps and it took forever to figure out where they were coming from! Since the storm, nature has been moving closer and closer and now we see all kinds of wild birds and stuff you only used to see in the country or out near the swamps. We even see different types of bugs and lizards!
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
2 Nov 09
uh oh, all kinds of thing? I've never lived near a swamp, not sure I'd want to... I'd fear I'd be eaten up by all sorts of things.. and gators, oh my!
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
3 Nov 09
Let me tell you, everytime a gator makes it into town it is cause for concern! I don't know how it got there, but when I lived in another part of town a gator somehow found it's way under someone's house! I guess it somehow got into the park and then found it's way into the neighborhood via the "bayou" (not a real one) and then went three or more blocks (can you picture this?) to end up under a house that wasn't really open underneath!
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@dodyast3 (1518)
• Indonesia
29 Oct 09
That was strange thing happen. I had spillover soda in my fridge too, a few time, but never have ants into the fridge. The cold environment in the fridge makes the ants cannot smell the soda. And usually, they don't want to get near the cold place like fridge.
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• Mexico
29 Oct 09
Hi dodyast: thanks for the explanation but after reading thjis it seems that we can't even trust on the refrigerators. How can we win this fight against ants or worst how can we finally eliminate cockroaches and rats of our lives? These horrible plagues must not still live with us? Lol XD
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I wish I knew the answer to preventing every unwanted pest from entering the home. Those ants drive me nuts!
@shibham (17027)
• India
29 Oct 09
neem - neem leaves help to reduce skin diseases. we can eat it too.
hi. i am again. neem, you also use these leaves to get rid off from ants. i have enclosed a photo here with.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I am not familiar with neem. Do you know the botanical name?
@shibham (17027)
• India
30 Oct 09
the botanical name of neem is Azadirachta indica. here is a link to read about neem. http://www.organicindia.com/neem.php http://www.ecoindia.com/flora/trees/neem-tree.html
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I will have to look in to it, thanks!
@shibham (17027)
• India
29 Oct 09
lavanga( clove) - lavanga or clove, an effective herbal product.
hi canellita same problem in my home too. so my mom use lavanga(clove) to get rid off from them. it is effective and surely reduce the quantity of ants. thanks.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks, I like that idea. I will have to look for whole cloves and some lavendar.
@shibham (17027)
• India
26 Nov 09
what a nice surprise. thanks for mbr. take care.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
28 Nov 09
You are most welcome! I plan to purchase some clove oil and blend it with lavender or maybe peppermint or both. The ants have found nothing to get into lately but it doesn't stop them from sending search parties and I think I have discovered how they are getting in.
@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
30 Oct 09
I think for temporarily, until this ant thingy subside, try to put in plastic folders, you know those that are like transparent and can be sealed.. like a zipper transparent bag, seal drinks in those, or just in any plastic bags. And store in a basket or something, away from the other foods like meat and poultry. So the ants will not go on affecting the food instead. Or a longer cut way, you could take out all your things from the fridge, get a wet cloth with a detergent and wipe everything off. Then have a clean start and wash the bottom of bottles and cans. Sometimes sugar and milk stuck there might be attracting them. Another different solution is to get a new fridge.
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Wiping things down brings up another point. Ants mark a trail when they find food which seems impossible to get rid of. I have tried everything from cleaning products to peppermint antiseptic!
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@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
2 Nov 09
Use a very good sponge..
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I never heard of ants in the refrigerator before. That's pretty gross. I feel sorry for you. I can see how the ants would want to get some of the sweet sugar from your soda. I guess you won't be putting soda in the freezer again.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
30 Oct 09
It was a first for me as well. Ants anywhere in the house are a true pain.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
It also happen to my fridge and small ants could goes through the lining of the refrigerator especially when sweet food debris fall into the compartment. The ant could smell it and you know what i do I defrost my fridge and clean it. Thus, the ants is not coming anymore. Well, in your cases the ants smell the sweetness of the soda which splattered while I do not put soda inside a freezer it is not suitable instead i put it in the lower compartment.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I put it in the lower compartment as well and I don't even buy it that often but I wanted to have it right away so I put it in the top.
@usemyname (640)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
How could the ants even manage to get inside the refrigerator, the environment in there is very hostile for them. . . That's interesting, it must be a genocide for ants. Just clean your home and hope for the best that the these creepy crawlies would stay of your home. Hey why not call for the bug exterminator?
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Those friggin ants find their way into everything. A few months ago they were in my car! It was so bad I had to by those things with the poison that you place around (they smell like peanut butter). I don't know where they come from because you can neer find a trail in an obvious place like a door sill or window.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Hello Canellita, No matter how sealed tight your refrigerator is, if the spill from a soda is everywhere, it can be linked or smelled by other creatures like ants and finds they're way inside your refrigerator. I know because it happened to me too, i think it's best not to complain about the ants since they did smell it. the best way for you to do it is to simply clean your refrigerator and void your soda from bursting. and why would you put the soda in the freezer when you can put it in the lower area. well, make sure you don't forget, or same case might happen again, cleaning the refrigerator is the only solution there.
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I put the soda in the freezer so it would get cold quickly because I wanted to drink it. Only I forgot to go back and take it out and when the can expanded the soda that was not frozen leaked out. At least it wasn't a bottle.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
there used to be ants in my refrigerator too before. I had the gaskets fixed and now there are no more ants. Better have the gaskets of your refrigerator repaired so you won't be seeing those univited guests again.
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
This is an older refrigerator that someone gave me that is not even full-sized. It isn't worth the expense of replacing them. I do plan to get a real refrigerator though at some point.
• Mexico
29 Oct 09
Hi canellita: that was interesting but at the same time i know how annoying ants can be so that's not funny. We all have to deal with those bad plagues but at least my refrigerator works. The answer to your question it's simply, if your house environment would be just as your refrigerator's maybe this would kill you too! Lol. XD
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I don't like to be cold so I would not want to live in a house that was the temperature inside my refrigerator. I just have to try and figure out how to keep those pesky ants out!
@ElicBxn (59340)
• United States
29 Oct 09
if the environment in your house was inhospitable for bugs, it would also be inhospitable for you - unless you want to live in an igloo...
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I guess you have a point there. I hate being cold so an igloo is definitely out of the question.
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@scheng1 (22147)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
Yuck, you better migrate to the cave with Mommaj! I can't imagine ants in the refrigerator. If ants can get in, that means the cold air can get out, and that means the refrigerator is consuming more electricity than is necessary. Are you going to make a cup of ants coffee or ants soup? I'm sure the protein will benefit all of you if you can swallow the thoughts of eating ants. Otherwise, send to Mommaj!
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Ha ha! I don't think she wants my freeze dried ants! SHe probably has more than enough of her own outside the cave.
@madteaparty (2765)
• Japan
29 Nov 09
Well, making your house be as cold as the refrigerator would be pretty bad for your health. Ants have the ability to appear from nowhere when any accident happens in the kitchen. Sometimes I wonder if they have the power to transport themselves magically to any place where they can get a lot of food!
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
30 Nov 09
You may be onto something there. They certainly seem to have a ridiculously keen sense of smell. Maybe they have some kind of special sensor in their antennae that can x-ray our walls!