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jpeka65844
04-22-2011, 08:27 PM
ANTS!!!! What do I do?????

*NikkiBell*
04-22-2011, 08:44 PM
:scared1: Yikes! Hose it down??

dsnyfan608
04-22-2011, 08:50 PM
Did it drip in the drip tray without realizing it and it needs cleaned?

jpeka65844
04-22-2011, 09:08 PM
No...they were crawling in the water reservoir when I opened the top to fill it.

EWW EWW EWW....

I called the Keurig hotline and he said to run multiple loads of hot water through it and then descale it.

I ran 4 loads of water and saw 5 floaters. I'm feeling a little sick.

WaltD4Me
04-23-2011, 07:06 AM
Oh no. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Is it those teeny tiny little ants? I can't stand those buggers. (shiver)

bdcp
04-23-2011, 07:24 AM
I was going to tell you to do exactly what Keurig did. Hot water kills bugs instantly. Ants are irritating, but they won't make anyone sick or anything. Also, is there a trail of ants leading to and from it? If there are, they are taking water back to their home. You'll need to treat the source then. There are several safe safe methods. Google ants in kitchen or something like that and you'll get lots of hits.

wishspirit
04-23-2011, 10:35 AM
I was going to tell you to do exactly what Keurig did. Hot water kills bugs instantly. Ants are irritating, but they won't make anyone sick or anything. Also, is there a trail of ants leading to and from it? If there are, they are taking water back to their home. You'll need to treat the source then. There are several safe safe methods. Google ants in kitchen or something like that and you'll get lots of hits.

Exactly this, we used to pour the kettle on them (where appropriate of course). Best of luck, that would freak me out too!

Disney Dad Canada
04-23-2011, 11:52 AM
I'm sorry, but I could never drink another cup out of the machine after that. I'd toss it and get another one.

dpuck1998
04-23-2011, 04:23 PM
By a FRENCH PRESS!

canopynut66
04-23-2011, 04:37 PM
ANTS!!!! What do I do?????

try plain white vinegar and then rinse several times with plain water. the ants must be coming from somewhere else in the house as well. so need to find out where or will be continuing problem:scared1:

Tinkershelly
04-23-2011, 04:43 PM
Once your machine is cleaned and floater-free, I'd quickly seal it up tightly in a plastic bag and move it out of the kitchen for a few days to see if the ants are really gone and you're not getting new ones coming in.:sick:

I feel your pain. Our ant season hasn't quite started yet.:scared1:

WaltD4Me
04-23-2011, 04:58 PM
If you don't pitch the whole thing, after you clean it, I would move it off your kitchen counter or the exact same problem might come back. They are attracted to the water or maybe the coffee if you drink a sweet flavor.

Phoenixblue
04-23-2011, 05:56 PM
I'm sorry, but I could never drink another cup out of the machine after that. I'd toss it and get another one.

I have to agree. I don't think I could use it again. :scared1:

:grouphug:

simonkodousek
04-23-2011, 06:04 PM
Throw it out and get a new one... I could NEVER use a kitchen appliance after knowing it was crawling with insects...

jpeka65844
04-23-2011, 07:48 PM
Keurigs are too expensive for me to throw away! :eek:

So it's hot water and de-scaling for now. We have had an ant problem in the kitchen in the past but thought I had it under control with traps. Apparently they've returned in my coffee maker.

I should probably turn to a professional for my ant problem.......

sayhello
04-23-2011, 07:53 PM
I'm sorry, but I could never drink another cup out of the machine after that. I'd toss it and get another one.This same thing happened to me (although thank goodness it was a Mr. Coffee and not a Keurig!) I killed the ants and then tossed it. There was NO WAY I was ever going to be able to drink another cup of coffee out of it!

Sayhello

dntd
04-23-2011, 08:06 PM
Go to the hardwear/walmart store and buy DE, it is safe and effective. Use it under appliences and places where they could be comming from. The bonus is it's also effective for proventing roachs,bedbugs and other nasty creatures safely w/o harmful side effects.

WaltD4Me
04-23-2011, 08:54 PM
Before calling a professional, I had a problem with teeny tiny sugar ants. If the smallest crumb was left on the kitchen counter I had those tiny ants everywhere. They drove me CRAZY. I tried everything, but couldn't get rid of them. They only showed up on my kitchen counter by the sink. Someone told me to try Ortho Home Defense Max. It was like a miracle. I sprayed it all around the crevices and back splash by the sink, for a little while I saw a few ants here and there occasionally, but in a couple weeks NADA, I haven't seen those tiny ants in almost 2 years now. I re-spray every 2-3 months.

MomiTo2SwtGuys
04-24-2011, 02:57 PM
Awwh, that stinks. We have ants here in early spring. I hate it. They can manage to creep throuh any little hole that no one would ever even see. Good luck taking care of your problem.

purplecrush
04-24-2011, 03:10 PM
I would NEVER throw my Keurig out because of ants..its TOO expensive...and besides...they are ants...now spiders on the other hand...

I would just clean it out with vinegar and what other posters said (NOT throw it away....geesh)

And move it.

We have a bad ant problem here right now. Its too soggy outside so they are coming indoors. :confused3

What I did was mix vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spray the corners/ crevices of all the corners in my kitchen.....and now we dont have them in our house ;)

jpeka65844
04-24-2011, 07:37 PM
I'm currently working on the vinegar de-scaling and have cleared a space in a high cupboard where it can live when I'm not using it.

I use it every day which it will be a pain to get down/put away, but oh well...

At least until the ant problem passes.....

karice2
05-18-2011, 09:18 PM
Ants have taken over my Platinum Keurig as well.

My Keurig stopped working so I thought that I would open it and see what was going on inside. It would say brewing but then nothing would happen. Anyway opened it up, saw a few ants, sprayed them with some bleach water and thought that was the end of it. Saw that there was some dampness inside. Decided to get the blow dryer and that is when it got interesting.

Ants started coming from everywhere. :scared1: I sprayed them as they came out but finally gave up, double bagged them in contractor bags. The big black ones and then put it outside.

I looked in it a couple of times as I was trying to decide what to do and not cry at my $200 coffee pot being invaded and saw that the ants were moving little eggs. Yes there was an ant colony in my keurig.

I did a google search and apparently this is an ongoing problem with Keurig machines. I found a bunch of people with the same problem. I called Keurig and am expecting a call back tomorrow. My Keurig is less than a year old so hopefully I can ship it back or something.

In the meanwhile I got a brilliant idea from my dad. The Keurig is now triple bagged in my freezer that I never use in the basement. If nothing else, ants will suffer and die by morning. I may not get my Keurig back but they will not win either.

misstheworld
05-19-2011, 08:06 AM
Oh. Holy. Night.

You guys are creeping me out!!! DH bought a Keurig about 3 months ago and we love it. I'm about to gag at the thought of ants living in it!

jpeka65844
05-20-2011, 06:47 AM
My saga still continues. I moved my Keurig to my upstairs bathroom vanity which I can't decide is really gross or really cool!

I'm still getting ants, though. They seem to have followed. I run plain hot water daily and while it's declined, there's still the stray critter. They seem to be liking the drip tray and not the internal machine (water is coming out clean).

I think the next step is to have the house sprayed. This Keurig is getting pricey!