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 Post subject: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radios?
PostPosted: Aug Mon 20, 2018 1:43 am 
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Hello all..this question is kinda weird, and I dont even know if it belongs here...but I was wondering if regular house ants, not the fire ants, can cause electrical problems in transistor radios...??

Im thinking low voltage, they would not bother a radio..but I dont know.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 20, 2018 5:29 am 
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I think you're good with the Antz, but I wouldn't trust the Lightning Bugs... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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I'd wonder what got spilled on the radio to attract the ants to it in the first place. Carpenter ants infesting a wood cabinet might be a different story...

Why the question?
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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 20, 2018 7:03 am 
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Well.... maybe if your aunt removed the battery and it stops working.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Depending on the age of the radio, the circuit boards were sometimes coated with shellac or other organic coating and could be seen as a food source. I have seen roaches infest a small battery operated TV/AM/FM radio combination because the circuit board was coated with shellac when it was produced.


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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Some years back, I received a "Dynamiter" portable 8 track player, and when I opened it up, loads of dead Cucarachas came pouring out. Didn't affect the players operation, however.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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I imagine ants are fairly benign, more likely to homestead vs eat.

Not long ago I opened one that something ate probably 95% of wool dust cover on speaker, no real sign of inhabitants.

And roaches? I've seen infestations so bad they ate the speaker cone, complaint was no sound. Set was less than a month old.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Ants make formic acid so if anything in the radio could react to or be adversely affected by formic acid .... then yeah ...maybe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formic_acid

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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No nothing spilled in the radio..it's just a question..because I have some on my window seal and sometimes they get inside the house close to my radios.

No roach's around...I though they(roach's) live in radio's and electronic equipment because the transformers are usually warm, and they camp out there..

Now a camera, I think might be a different thing..and Im worried about them (10 cameras) too.......if they found a hole to get into the lens, that would be bad....I dont think I could explain to anyone why all my pic's have blurry spots on them,(or why my distant AUNT is in there). And if they died in there...it would be extremely hard to take a 15 element lens apart just for that...

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Kennynva wrote:
No nothing spilled in the radio..it's just a question..because I have some on my window seal and sometimes they get inside the house close to my radios.

No roach's around...I though they(roach's) live in radio's and electronic equipment because the transformers are usually warm, and they camp out there..

Now a camera, I think might be a different thing..and Im worried about them (10 cameras) too.......if they found a hole to get into the lens, that would be bad....I dont think I could explain to anyone why all my pic's have blurry spots on them,(or why my distant AUNT is in there). And if they died in there...it would be extremely hard to take a 15 element lens apart just for that...

KNY

Of all the millions of cameras and lenses around the world and all the billions and trillions of insects too... I don't think many folks have one get in the lens... sure it happens... rarely ...but I think not very often.
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Of all the gazillion things in this world to decide to worry about.... this ..perhaps... should not be one of them.
...trust me... :mrgreen:

Maybe if you worry about ppl stopping buying bottled water or something like that. That's something to clean the environment at least.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Sprinkle some Borax around the house perimeter. Check your boxed food products or other potential sources of food. There's sweet-eating and grease-eating ants. They will have a reason to invade, gotta be a food source or something prime for nesting.

They're probably not after your gadgets, they found something yummy to them.
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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
There's sweet-eating and grease-eating ants. T
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The sweet eating ants have weight problem and grease eating, heart blockages, they'll soon die anyway. :lol:

Borax is the stuff but from what I've read, you want to use a very fine application or they'll just walk around it. Dust the window sill and surrounding areas. Outside it's probably best to use one of the insecticides from Lowes, Home Deport etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
Sprinkle some Borax around the house perimeter. Check your boxed food products or other potential sources of food. There's sweet-eating and grease-eating ants. They will have a reason to invade, gotta be a food source or something prime for nesting.

They're probably not after your gadgets, they found something yummy to them.
-Ed

Out here it seems to be water. I've had them travelling back and forth on the bar in my family room at times, and lately have been getting them in my kitchen sink, both of which I always keep clean. Wish I knew where the hell they were entering from, so I could seal it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Terro liquid ant baits work great here.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Terro-Liquid ... t/14551084

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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ants in a radio should not be a big deal.
if it is a ongoing issue a bit of no pest strip inside will fix that.
now if it gets gets infested with uncles you are on your own...


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No one has mentioned the obvious, change station to one they don't like. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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yes tune it to a c-rap station.
watch them stream out waving their middle legs at you.


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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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I really have an medical issue, if it to be know...bipolar, and dont like anything even remotely having a chance of something happening...and I know I know I know...I will be worrying about stupid thinks and go even crazier...

I cannot move my station...and I know about borax, and the way to get rid of them...it was just a simple question that I never seen asked...
The ants are looking for food, so they are all over the place...there is not food...it was food but it has been removed..and now there looking for more...

They(the ants) have not bothered anything so far, I was just wondering if they COULD...


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 Post subject: Re: Will or can ant's cause any problems in transistor radio
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Well, I know ants in the pants is unpleasant. :)

There was a video making the clickbait news sites showing ants building a chain of themselves to reach a wasp nest to invade it. Retaliation or first strike? I'd guess you haven't read about it on ARF re: electronics or radios because it doesn't happen in our little circle at least.

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