Each year, particularly during the wet season, vehicle owners in Katherine suffer the expense and inconvenience of auto electrical damage caused by armies of very small but very hungry creatures. But don’t panic, there are steps you can take to help prevent this happening to you.
Part of the attraction of living in Katherine N.T. is not only the beautiful Katherine river but the close proximity of an abundance of flora and fauna, wallabies, possums, blue tongue and frill necked lizards, goannas and of course birds of every colour and song, some permanent residence others migratory. And don’t forget the insects, dragon flies, and fire flies at night, butterflies, flying insects of all kinds, and the very beautiful Christmas beetles.
Unfortunately amongst all this nature lurks some very damaging insects and I am not talking about white ants or termites or red back spiders, I am talking your common garden variety ants and not very big ants either. Tiny little ginger ants or small black ants are often found in auto electrical systems. Size is not important; it is the huge number of ants that quickly take up residence in your auto electrical components.
Ants love auto electrical wiring and components such as relays. Ants thrive on chewing and munching the wiring insulation and building nests in your vehicles relays. Whilst ant damage is common and can be a costly problem often involving auto electrical repair or replacement work there are steps you can take to minimise ant activity.
Most ants are initially attracted to your vehicle by food. Food sources such as dead insects in your radiator grill, your left over food and drink or empty containers left in the vehicle. When these sources are no longer available they migrate to your wiring. Ants are also attracted to your car during the wet season seeking shelter.
So here are some steps you can take to minimise the risk of attack or further damage;
Hose off your radiator grill and front of car whenever you notice insects in the grill or on the car, especially after a road trip.
Remove all ant attracting food, drink or containers from inside the vehicle.
Bi monthly sprays of a good quality insect surface spay or a sprinkle of any of the many available ant powders, on all the auto electrical systems including relays will help to minimise ant activity.
(Relays are located both under the bonnet and in the cabin, usually on the driver’s side of vehicle)
If you suspect your vehicle already has ant damage ask your auto electrician to check for ant activity in the auto electrical system. He will advise you on what repairs maybe required and show you the location of relays and wiring so you can better treat to prevent a reinfestation.
If you are ever in need of auto electrical services, especially a mobile auto electrical service that comes to you please contact the friendly people at Terry’s Mobile Auto Electrical & Auto Air Conditioning Services. You will find all our details at www.terrysautoelectrical.com.au