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Unhappy Ants attracted to my Kia Optima

So having a dilemma and have used all my resources to this point.

Just for a quick background I moved to Florida (specifically Tampa Bay area) from NY 3 months ago. I drive a 2013 Kia Optima.

About 4 weeks ago I went out to my car one night and discovered there were Ants all over the outside of the car. Not sure if this is important but that morning I went and got an Oil Change. Only saw about 2 or 3 inside. Next day I went and washed the car, vacuumed, etc. and happen to see some going under the weather stripping on the back window. I placed regular ant traps down as well as Terro liquid along the bottom of the door panel on both the front and back driver side doors. This attracted the little suckers for about 2 days and finally went and got a really good car wash, washed the under chassis and boom they were gone. Now 3 weeks later I go out to my car one night and they are all over the hood. There are none inside the car just on the hood and windshield. I spoke with an exterminator who said they have to be dropping from the trees in my apartment complex but I've tried parking near no trees and they only seem to be out at night. I even checked other cars and nothing on them. I brought the car to a dealership they raised it up and sprayed at least a half a can on insect killer, and blocker all over. Under the wheel wells, under the hood in places so it wouldn't enter the car, under the skirts. It even poured this past Saturday and Sunday afternoon I go outside to look and they are once again on the hood of the car. Meanwhile nothing on the cars next to me.

At this point I've done everything I possibly could and have run out of resources. Ive checked under the hood and I don't see them coming from anywhere.

Does anyone have any idea what is causing this, is it Kia specific?

Also just to clarify, I am a clean freak. I never eat in the car, keep it completely spotless so this is (no pun intended) bugging me out.

Please Help if anyone has had any experience.

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Maybe it just that "sweet" of a ride.....

Ok, now that I got that out of the way... Could they be attracted to the heat? Craziest thing I've heard in awhile....

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Would check the trunk, including the spare tire wheel well - see if there is any odor (from a previous spill, etc.), food, or water in there that may be attracting, or sustaining them.

If they are inside (it sounds like they are), you will need to keep removing them until the colony dies / there are no more queens left to continue the colony.

Ant baits will just attract them, if you can, use a Shop Vac, or go to a local Service Station or Car Wash & use their (coin operated) vacuum to remove them from the vehicle.. Will need to do this until they are gone..

Do this every time you see them, check and vacuum -everywhere- in the vehicle and trunk, including under the floor mats, the spare tire well, etc.

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" It even poured this past Saturday and Sunday afternoon I go outside to look and they are once again on the hood of the car. Meanwhile nothing on the cars next to me. "

If I was to guess, either under the hood batting in the engine compartment, or the fresh air vents under the windshield wipers / at the hood line..
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when it starts to get hot at work we get invaded by ants it sucks big time
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