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Help! Ants in the dishwasher

I'm at a friends house for lunch and she has a huge problem with ants in the dishwasher. She has sprayed around the outside of the dishwasher; using a hot wash when empty but to no avail. They are not anywhere else in the kitchen, just the dishwasher!

Any suggestions, pleaseeeee
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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

oh dear, that's actually quite common. Try pouring a few lettres of white vinegar down the drain, if they are coming from there, it will stop them. Spray the air vent and they inside of the dishwasher with any ant/insect repellant. Be sure to hot wash several times before using it again.

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Old 20.07.2010, 13:10
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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

On the plus side, at least you know they're clean ants...
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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

My advice is to pull out the dishwasher (careful with the drain plug and power plug).

Clean behind the dishwasher and buy a surface spray from the Coop or Migro.

Ants generally 'track' along edges (as do cockroaches) so ensure you spray a nice thick dose along all the edge ways and anywhere you can see a crack.

hindsight.... wait to you see the ants again, and then move the dishwasher, then you will see where they are coming from (to best target your spray).

Don't worry about the brand so much, but look on the spray tin for an active ingredient called "Chlorpyrophos". This is dynamite for ants and cockies.

Anything that is a 'beta-cyfluthrin' or anything with 'thrin' at the end won't last long enough.
(I'm sure some chemical guru's will correct the spelling, but you will get the idea).

This will only last a week. If it persists, then you will need to get a proper chemical bug man to do the job.

.... In saying this, I actually haven't had to do this in Switzerland yet, and I'm not sure if they allow that chemical in the shops, but it's worth a look.
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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

What kind of ants? and where are they coming from? Inside the dishwasher drain or crawling in from outside into the dishwasher? If its the carpenter ants, chances are, wood around the dishwasher might be damp and started its rotting process.

The above poster is right. Pull out the dishwasher to determine where the ants are coming from. If its from the dishwasher's drain, do what Mrs T suggested. Pour a generous amount of white vinegar in and let it sit for about 10 minutes then run the dishwasher on the hottest wash possible. Then get hold of some peppermint oil, mix it with water and rub inside the dishwasher and your kitchen counter tops with it.

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, go to the apotheke, get yourself a can of BAYGON and spray along their track lines (costs about 15 CHF per can) - do it twice a day for about 5 days. This will prevent them from coming back and into the dishwasher.



Also put ant bait outside the dishwasher for them to bring it back to the colony.

In future, do not put dirty dishes into the washer and let it sit for more than a day or so, will definitely attract ants in this weather. Rinse them first before putting it in and close the washer tight.

God I hate those pesky little farkers.
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If its from outside, go to the apotheke, get yourself a can of BAYGON and spray along their track lines (costs about 15 CHF per can) - do it twice a day for about 5 days. This will prevent them from coming back and into the dishwasher.

In future, do not put dirty dishes into the washer and let it sit for more than a day or so, will definitely attract ants in this weather. Rinse them first before putting it in and close the washer tight.

God I hate those pesky little farkers.
Totally agree with you about them being pesky. They are only on the inside of the dishwasher, none whatsoever outside and the dishwasher is put through every day.

Thanks guys for all your help. My friend was going to spray the inside this afternoon and put through several empty hot washes, so fingers crossed for her.
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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

I would not recommend pulling out the dishwasher which has likely been professionally installed. There is an easier way. If it installed beside the sink, as is the norm, then there is usually a space for the drain hoses and plumbing connections below the sink. By removing everything from the cupboard below the sink, and taking off the back panel of the cupboard, which usually just lifts out, you can get behind the dishwasher and spray away.

If this person is living in an apartment, it could be another tenant has ants. If it is a house, then this is not an issue.
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I would not recommend pulling out the dishwasher which has likely been professionally installed. There is an easier way. If it installed beside the sink, as is the norm, then there is usually a space for the drain hoses and plumbing connections below the sink. By removing everything from the cupboard below the sink, and taking off the back panel of the cupboard, which usually just lifts out, you can get behind the dishwasher and spray away.

If this person is living in an apartment, it could be another tenant has ants. If it is a house, then this is not an issue.
Thanks for that advice.
The strange thing is that they live on the second floor of an apartment and there are no ants anywhere else in their apartment. The apartment directly below them is rented out by ABB so is empty a lot of the time.
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I would not recommend pulling out the dishwasher which has likely been professionally installed.
Oh, thanks for clearing that up..... I actually wasn't implying that anything needed to be disconnected. I meant to be "careful" of these connections when you do.

If you do decide to drag out the machine, nothing can go wrong as long as you don't disconnect anything.

first run your finger around the inside front edge between the dishwasher and the housing. Sometimes there can be a holding screw.

The front bottom feet are usually an 'adjusting screw' to level the machine). If you lower these, and lift the front of the machine, the dishwasher should be able to be "carefully" dragged forward (the rear is usually on wheels like a fridge).

This is usually the reverse of how they are installed (they connect the pipes and plugs and then push the machine back in. Then level up the machine by screwing down the front feet (like on some cafè tables).


I'm also very sorry if I made this sound complicated, but it really isn't. If you aren't confident with this, then perhaps it's best to just treat the machine, and cross your fingers. If the ants return, then ask someone to help you to move the dishwasher.




Oh, one other thing, even if the ants are ONLY in the dishwasher..... they are still getting into the apartment somehow. I still think it's wiser to lay down a preventative surface spray behind the machine.

Even if the skank in the dishwasher is the target for the ants, the old ant trail will remain there leading them straight back after the wash.



Whatever you decide to do, I wish you good luck with the ants.

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Re: Help! Ants in the dishwasher

If your friend can't solve the problem, next time you might suggest these for dessert.

http://www.chefdepot.net/chocolateants.htm
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