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Old 12-03-2016, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Jackmannii View Post
"Once ants in a switching mechanism bridge the gap between an open switch, they are shocked and electrocuted. The shocked ants release communication chemicals (pheromones) or other signals that attract other worker ants. The result is that switching unit can become tightly packed with the bodies of dead worker ants, causing a failure of the mechanism."
I've had to seal the pressure switch on a water pump to prevent this. I believe it is the electric field in the relay that attracts them.

Ants have sometimes invaded the A/C compressor relay at Mama Plant's house.