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Ants in laptop

brian ramdhan
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What’s the best way to get rid of these ?

Was filled with ants today especially in the battery upon removing it
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Pawan KumarDatabase Expert
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Cockroach spray.
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>>  especially in the battery upon removing it

I think you mean the battery compartment.

Tip upside down and shake vigorously.  Repeat every half hour.  Get a vacuum cleaner and nozzle and see if you can suck through any vents.  Get some ant killer compound.  You'll need the stuff that attracts them and poisons them.  Place the compound some distance away from the laptop.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Do NOT spray insecticide in. Vacuum out and then heat the laptop with a spot lamp to kill the beasts and vacuum again.
RaminTechnical Advisor
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Just leave it, and don't use it for some hours.  Ants will find the way out.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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That may be true but may take longer than desired.
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This is what I would call a buggy system.  If you are comfortable opening the laptop, at least to the point where you can pull the keyboard and see the heat sync,  your vacuum can get direct access to the lurking creatures.   DO NOT SPRAY ANYTHING INSIDE!  For two reasons.  1 components do not tolerate liquids well.  2.  Dead bugs will remain inside the PC (potentially wreaking havoc in the future).  

The main issue, other than the creepiness of it, is the ants get stuck in the heat-sync blocking airflow -- not hard to do in most laptops.  

If you provide the model number, we might be able to give you an idea how difficult opening it may be.
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personally - i would open the laptop completely - and clean the ants out with brush, or vacuum cleaner
that way, you're sure they're all gone -  and you need nothing else - only 1/2 hour of your time !
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Good range of suggestions from contributors would lead to a solution.  Spraying insecticide solution rejected.