Ants make colonies in my new gas grill. How can I keep them from moving in when the burners are off?
A couple of weeks ago, I replaced my gas grill. I use it once a week or so, and last week when I pulled off the cover, there was a colony
of ants living between the space between the cover and the top of the grill. The ants scrambled to rescue eggs and larvae as I brushed them away. Once they were gone, I grilled with no ill effects.
Last night, 3-4 days since the last grilling, I went to use the grill again. This time the ants had taken up residence in the space between the knob panel and the grill box. Eggs, ants, larvae, same as before. Since they were in s tighter space, I hosed them off.
This is borderline gross, and a pain in the neck. It did not happen with the older grill, and I can't find anything online to help, so I turn to MeFi.
The new grill is a Weber Spirit
, in black. The old one, also a Weber, was red (like this
). I'm using the same cover. Is it possible the darker color attracts ants?
With the new grill, I've been using a wire brush to clean the grilling surface; in the old one, I would run the grill on thigh after I was done in order to carbonize any residue. Since I don't do that anymore, am I leaving behind more food that attracts the ants? I don't see them inside the actual grill box, though.
The new grill has a cabinet underneath; the old one didn't.
The ants are on the large side, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, and black.