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    How to get stop ants getting into hammock?

    Does anyone know how to prevent ants from invading a hammock - coming up the tree and along the hammock rope?

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    Ha! Good question. I've never had them invade my hammock, but last weekend I was hiking. I set my pack down for lunch, leaving the top open. Lunch turned into a nap. Eventually I woke up and went on down the trail. When I stopped for dinner, I found out that my pack had been colonized with big black ants. They weren't really causing any trouble and I entertained myself with hunting them down and releasing them into the new part of the forest they had hitched to.

    To deter sweet ants in my kitchen, I spray everything with vinegar. It works really well and won't harm nylon or polyester (I use loads of it in my laundry). I have a feeling this might only work with ants that are out seeking sugar.
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    I've never tried it, but you could treat your suspension lines with permethrin. I guess it would work with ants.
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    Spraying bug spray on the lines should work. Sprays not only kill when sprayed on the insects but also can be used to create a barrier over which they won't walk.

    I don't know if the repellent you're probably carrying with you when camping will work, but it's worth a try before you find you have to take another product along.

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    I haven't had any problems but then the HH has the integral bugnet which works for more than flying critters.
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    If it were me, I would probably try to hang moth balls from the suspension lines, maybe in a nylon sock or something. If they didn't work on ants, they would at least keep bears out of your hammock.

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    Permethrin on the straps, and the hammock net/body if you are also concerned about mosquitos. I've had ants in my bear vault but not in the hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliff355 View Post
    If it were me, I would probably try to hang moth balls from the suspension lines, maybe in a nylon sock or something. If they didn't work on ants, they would at least keep bears out of your hammock.
    Naphthalene is really dangerous, nasty stuff. I wouldn't want that hanging anywhere near my head while I slept.
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    DEET tends to weaken and discolour nylon, so I second the Permethrin ideas. You should be able to soak or wash it into your straps at home before use. Its intended for use on clothes - DEET is intended for skin.

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    We were on a school feild trip, and one of the moms pulled out a pack of dryer sheets. The same ones you toss in the dryer. She had them in a little zip-lock bag. Everybody grab one and wiped them all over their face and exposed parts. Repeled the mosquitoes good, might work on ants. Just tie one to suspension, and gear. Apparently, the bugs don't like the smell or chemicals in dryer sheets.
    After wiping down, tuck sheet under collar of shirt, wear for the day. Pack nice and small, if you just carry 10-20 sheets.
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