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Ants in my Stax: should I worry?

post #1 of 106
Thread Starter 
Nobody will blame you for laughing it off, and if this qualifies as the moronic post of the year, so be it.

We live in South Florida; when rain is abundant, ants will inevitably find their way inside the house for a brief period. Yes, we have pest control service, and they've already been out, but this time the ants decided to roam all over my hifi rack. Not too many, but enough to catch my attention. I've wiped off what I could, but every once in a while I still see one right under the grille of my SR-009. I've since relocated the phones, but the question is whether I should worry about anything, such as an ant getting stuck between the diaphragm and the stators, etc.

I haven't listened to them since, just in case.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 106

Three thoughts: no thoughts on what could free your Stax; wishing you the best; will certainly follow your case with interest and may learn something.

post #3 of 106

Maybe you could post more info about the ants. Sugar ants (usually very small) look for food and water, removing them from an area is pretty straight forward with traps. Most traps are just bait that is carried back to the nest where it poisons the colony. Diaphragms in all the stax and variants I've seen are sealed; dust covers. While some insects will eat glue I think the only ants that are known for destruction are the carpenter variety.

I'd be more concerned if they massed in the thousands in a effort to carry the earspeakers away. Kidding aside, a small can of dust off wouldn't hurt, held upright so just air comes out and not propellant which sometimes happens in liquid form.

post #4 of 106
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Yes, they're sugar ants. I think baiting them will work. I'm a bit afraid to try compressed air. So far I've seen 1 ant behind the grille; don't know if it's the same one that keeps popping out, but I've blown off a couple from the headband and another 2 or so from the cord.

We only have ant problems after several days of heavy rain, and they go back out afterwards on their own. It's just that I've never seen them on the phones before. I hope the gel inside the pads isn't what they're after.
post #5 of 106

For safety's sake, I would keep Stax in a large zip-lock bag anyway, especially if I lived in a humid environment, or under the actual Stax cover.  

 

http://www.audiocubes2.com/brand/Stax/product/Stax_Earspeaker_Protection_Cover.html

 

$26 for some peace of mind.

post #6 of 106
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

For safety's sake, I would keep Stax in a large zip-lock bag anyway, especially if I lived in a humid environment, or under the actual Stax cover.  

http://www.audiocubes2.com/brand/Stax/product/Stax_Earspeaker_Protection_Cover.html

$26 for some peace of mind.

Don't they come in a flight case, like the Omegas and 4070s?

Anywho:

I'd try the dust-off, might try a vacuum cleaner on reverse if you have it (no chance of propellant), if you're really adventurous try taking the grilles off and see what you get there.

Some other thoughts:

- Have you taken the pads off and checked them?

- I giggled a bit at the title and more when I read the thread.


Really wishing you the best; would be a horrible cause of death for something so expensive. redface.gif
post #7 of 106
Thread Starter 
They are kept under a Stax bag on a Woo stand. It's quite dry inside the house, no more than 50% humidity. The ants got to the phone via the cord.
post #8 of 106
Thread Starter 
I'll check the pads later tonight.
post #9 of 106

Please don't vacuum your drivers

post #10 of 106
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post

Please don't vacuum your drivers

I meant "backwards" - where the vacuum is used to blow air (many canister vacuums can do this). Would this be dangerous? redface.gif

This is how I generate "air" to clear dust from lots of things (I've never needed to do this to headphones); it doesn't (to the hand) apply more pressure than an air duster can, but it also doesn't risk the freezing spray of doom.
post #11 of 106
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I knew what you meant by backwards. Still, a bit uncomfortable doing to. I'll take another day or so baiting them out. So far, no ant in sight since this morning. Keeping all fingers and toes crossed.

 

 

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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


I meant "backwards" - where the vacuum is used to blow air (many canister vacuums can do this). Would this be dangerous? redface.gif
This is how I generate "air" to clear dust from lots of things (I've never needed to do this to headphones); it doesn't (to the hand) apply more pressure than an air duster can, but it also doesn't risk the freezing spray of doom.
post #12 of 106
Yeah I'm curious now if it's a "bad idea" - I've never had issues with other sensitive electronics, but I've never had cause to take the Sanitaire out and put it to either of my ESPs...tongue.gif
post #13 of 106
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


I meant "backwards" - where the vacuum is used to blow air (many canister vacuums can do this). Would this be dangerous? redface.gif
This is how I generate "air" to clear dust from lots of things (I've never needed to do this to headphones); it doesn't (to the hand) apply more pressure than an air duster can, but it also doesn't risk the freezing spray of doom.

 

It's equally stupid.  Forced air of any kind and sub 1um plastic films do not mix despite their tensile strength. 

post #14 of 106
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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post

It's equally stupid.  Forced air of any kind and sub 1um plastic films do not mix despite their tensile strength. 

He didn't mean any harm smily_headphones1.gif
But now we know.
post #15 of 106
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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post

It's equally stupid.  Forced air of any kind and sub 1um plastic films do not mix despite their tensile strength. 

Yeah, that's what I was somewhat afraid of...redface.gif

Thanks spritz! o2smile.gif
Edited by obobskivich - 5/12/12 at 5:38pm
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