Help! I got ants in my DSLR camera - How to get rid of the ants?

By Shekhar Sahu on

19 June, 2013  at 12:12 AM

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My camera and I recovered from a great disaster few weeks ago. Hundreds of ants entered in my DSLR Nikon D90. At first I had no idea of what to do. Everyone gave different advice. I tried almost everything. I will share them and let's see what worked best. I am also sharing some tips which can help keep your  baby safe ;)

1. I picked the ants from hand and blew them away. This may take hours of effort but all lucky ants remaining inside wont go.

2. I put my camera in sun. The ants couldn't bear the heat inside, and started to come out. But the heat outside was much more than the inside, so ants preferred to stay inside. PS- make sure you don't heat the camera in sun more than the suggested operating temperature mentioned in the manual.

3. Ants don't like the smell of turmeric. I spread some turmeric powder near the camera and waited for a night. I could see some ants leaving the camera. But again few returned back to the camera.

4. Some suggested me to put some sweets outside so ants would come out. But I didn't try this, as it could have attracted more ants from outside. There was also the possibility that ants could have taken food inside the camera and fill their Ration :D

5. At the end I used hair drier to blow away the ants. The warm air did great job. Also make sure the drier is not hot and speed is low. You can use air blower, vacuum cleaner or the back of the vacuum cleaner. I blew air from the battery cap from where the most of the ants had entered. They started coming from the dials. I needed to do it few times in some intervals.

6. I also tried to irritate the ants with vibration. I used the hair drier again for giving mild vibration. Don't try to tap your delicate camera with hands, and give it shocks. I kept the drier over the camera for few minutes, the motor inside it vibrates, but enough to irritate the ants making home to your SLR.

7. You can also spread insecticides and put your camera at the center. This will kill the ants coming out from your camera and will avoid them from returning back. This will also prevent other ants to enter in the SLR. Take much care so you don't make your SLR poisonous, unless you have some plan of committing suicide ;)

8. Washing your DSLR in water (I kept getting funny suggestions). You can dip your camera in water if you don't love it. If the ants don't hold anything inside. They will be floating in water. But ants can live inside the water for 2 days :). Though  I don't need to say, but don't try this point.

9. Sending your DSLR to the authorized service center is always the best idea. Although ant infestations isn't covered by warranty, and they will charge for removing the ants.  But it's the safest way. This also wont void the warranty. If you have tried above methods for removing the ants and all ants have gone. Despite of this You should send your SLR to service center. Because there might be remains of ants, dead bodies, food or eggs in there. Which may cause fungus, moisture or attract ants or other insects in future.

10. Always put some silica jell packets in the dslr bag.

If you experienced the same, and have something to say. Feel free to comment below. 

Shekhar Sahu
Photographer, Author/Blogger White Hat Android

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