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    Seen this before ?

    Ants.pdf

    Horrific

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarthKmTech View Post
    Ants.pdf

    Horrific
    Have not seen that before, those KM machines must be pretty sweet!

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    To me this seems a total loss. Weird.

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    that's a whole lot of no thank you.


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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Wow! Have seen mice and a few spiders make a home out of copiers but never ants. Gives a whole new meaning to copiers being able to "reproduce"

    Can you give more details where is was located / stored for the ants to get in? Don't think it was the warmth that they were after because they are used to living in cooler temps underground. Only thing I can think of is they were confused / attracted by the electronics of machine?

    A sleazy salesman would still sell this machine throwing in an anteater as part of the deal


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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Yeah this machine is finished. I started out thinking yeah, I might be able to save it, but after pulling that back cover off and and revealing the nest within then opening the scanner while they were crawling up my arms and biting me I had a re-think and decided, Ah no, it's game over. Not one part of the machine did not have ants in it, all over the belt, imaging units, fusing unit etc. Uneconomical repair.

    The room where this happened was unattended for 2 weeks, the ants broke in through a crack in the front window from the ground, made their way to the desk and setup home in the printer alone. Near new, low volume. No idea what attracted them to it. Be interesting if something in there is sweet smelling. They were glued all over the scanner rails but might be coincidence.

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Sorry dude. That is a true horror story. Hopefully you'll be able to salvage some of the parts, boards, etc.

    Ozone has a sweet smell maybe that is what attracted them. Ozone is a side effect of copiers for as long as I have been working on them, 30+ yrs. Ozone has always been described as "sweet".

    They must be a different type of ant. Here on the Mid-Atlantic east coast the ants live underground, thank the lord


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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Mice, box elder bugs, but never ants. You could spend days, and cases of insecticide, ... and where would you put the damn thing while you were working on it? Not in the office. Maybe in the metal storage box.

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Nice clear pics....
    I have seen similar but on a smaller scale. I had a laser assembly absolutely full of ants.

    I wonder what would happened if you put a shipping plastic bag over the MFD, left a slight opening in the bag, and then pumped warm air inside the bag.
    Would the ants pack up home and move somewhere else ?
    If the ants moved on they would take everything with them, except the dirt.
    If it worked it might save for a big cleaning job.

    You can hire warm air dryers from an industrial tool hire shop.

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    Re: Seen this before ?

    Yiu finally found a good use for a C35. An ant habitat


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