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Old 04-26-2012, 11:41 AM
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Keurig filled with ants - What to do?

Yesterday morning I noticed a couple of very tiny ants on the counter, never had them in the 12 years I have been here. Found they had taken over the water tank and housing of my Keurig coffee maker. Cleaned every thing with soap & water, what could went in the dish washer.

This morning I re-assembled, filled with water, just a few hours later there back.

I googled this and it seems more common that I had dreamed.

Any idea's on how to stop this, they are no where else just in the Keurig.

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Old 04-26-2012, 11:43 AM
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Quit brewing with ants!
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:53 AM
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Ants know coffee! A little protein with your coffee shouldn't hurt you
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:10 PM
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Just got off the phone with Keurig, they told me to discard the unit and buy a new coffee maker. DUH while I love the single cup, I won't be paying a premium price for a Keurig again!

No help at all, and worst part they know this is a problem that many people are having.
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An aquatic ant farm... what's not to love. Value added, it also attracts interesting insects.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:22 PM
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:23 PM
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Put some vaseline around the base of your coffemaker. ants won't crawl through it. Works for my hummingbird feeders that were previously ant infested.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:23 PM
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Just got off the phone with Keurig, they told me to discard the unit and buy a new coffee maker. DUH while I love the single cup, I won't be paying a premium price for a Keurig again!

No help at all, and worst part they know this is a problem that many people are having.
I seriously doubt ants in your house is a Keurig problem. Wash it out and call an exterminator.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:24 PM
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I would run some full-strength white vinegar through there, dry it out, and then give it a rest for a few days in a different location.

the vinegar is a harmless cleaner--it will actually de-calcify the coffee maker--the ants won't like the odor, and drying it out will start you at square one.

make sure you run some fresh water through it before using it again.

edit: here's a mechanical issue and fix that may be at the root of the problem: http://www.fixya.com/support/t12560016-ants_in_keurig
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:28 PM
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I would do the Keeley ant mod on the Coffee maker...worked for me



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Old 04-26-2012, 12:32 PM
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Use a real coffee brewing method?
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:55 PM
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Use a real coffee brewing method?
Verily. Were there ants in my french press, I'm certain I would have noticed them, and found them easy enough to remove.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:10 PM
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I would run some full-strength white vinegar through there, dry it out, and then give it a rest for a few days in a different location.

the vinegar is a harmless cleaner--it will actually de-calcify the coffee maker--the ants won't like the odor, and drying it out will start you at square one.

make sure you run some fresh water through it before using it again.

edit: here's a mechanical issue and fix that may be at the root of the problem: http://www.fixya.com/support/t12560016-ants_in_keurig
And you're supposed to do this every few months or so anyway to de-scale the Keurig (the de-scaling procedure is documented in the booklet that came with the Keurig).

The Keurig is not the source of the problem - the ants just like the coffee grounds and, if you use flavored coffee, any sugar that might be in the used K-cup in the maker (throwing away the used K-cup right after you use it might also help to cure the ant problem). You need to find the source of the ants (their "nest") and get rid of it. And you might want to call an exterminator before the problem gets really bad.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:23 PM
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You need to find the source of the ants (their "nest&quot and get rid of it. And you might want to call an exterminator before the problem gets really bad.
if he is on the west coast, there is no getting rid of the problem.

we lived in San Diego for a few years, and like everyone else, had our share of Argentine ants.

when I did some research on solving the problem, I was dismayed to learn that there is a SUPER COLONY of Argentine ants that runs from Mexico all the way up the coast to San Francisco.

You can take an ant from San Diego, drop it into line in San Fran, and it will just keep on keeping on.

since they first arrived from Argentina via ship, there are no natural predators in North America.

those ants aren't going ANYWHERE
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:03 PM
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Here in the Midwest especially this time of year those tiny tiny ants are a royal PITA. Keeping them out of the house is an annual event.

All you green types and eco types please read no further.
If you have pets or kids do not even bother reading this.



Head over to your local garden center and get a bottle of Malathion concentrate & a 2-5 gallon sprayer.

Go around the entire house/foundation and spray the concrete or cinder blocks with a good wet coat.
Around doorways, door sills & patio door tracks repeat once the first coat dries.

They will die and be gone in 2-3 days tops.
Those tiny ants are extremely vulnerable to Malathion and even the smell seems to kill them.
Last year we had some coming in our front entrance, I sprayed, went back an hour later and the entire colony of 100,000 were sitting there dead.
It looked like someone spilled pepper on the porch!

The coffee maker, After the outside treatment is complete its
No problem.

Spray a hand towel outside the home and hang it up to dry.
Once dry, lay it flat on the counter under the coffee maker. You can clean up the bodies in the morning.

Malathion is a vegetable garden safe product though there is always reasons to avoid such products.
http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov...ds&id=19022016

Edit, my brother had them go after his dishwasher, we basically did the same thing, slide the towel under it, wait 24 hours, vacuum up the bodies.
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