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Our tent was featured as ants free thanks to protective grids.

However ants just ate holes in the wall material. Some research shows this is not unusual.

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Which tent wall material do I need to prevent ants from eating it?

This happened near Gorge du Verdon in South France.

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    I’ve never had ants eat a hole in one of my tents. Interesting. – Jon Custer Jul 25 '18 at 11:17
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    Do you perhaps have more information on the type of ant, or tent material? I'm not really seeing anything useful in that picture. – user8348 Jul 25 '18 at 16:07
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    Those are savage! No ants do this in Québec. Or anywhere else I've camped in North America. What I know though is that the ants around here don't go to such effort if they haven't located a food source. Did this happen as soon as you set the tent up or after a few days? If the latter, do you keep food or aromatic stuff in the tent? – Gabriel C. Jul 25 '18 at 19:48
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I have never had this problem. I never even worried about this problem -- and I worry about everything.

If you google What kind of ants eat through tents, you will find that other people have had your problem, for example in Texas and Africa. There are also many hits about ants who just saunter in, rather than chewing their way in, and tips to get rid of them.

The response that sounds most practical is from Michelle Calderon, posting on the website of World Race; she used duct tape to deal with ants in Africa -- Zambia, I think. (As someone once said, if you can't solve your problem with duct tape, you aren't using enough duct tape.)

Briefly, she and her friends used duct tape to remove the ants from their tent and their ant infested belongings, and then they duct-taped the inside and the outside of the holes.

So the way the ants get in is they chew holes through your tent. I had eight new holes in my tent courtesy of the ants. I duct taped both the inside and outside of the tent to repair the holes.

She describes her technique in detail, with pictures.

This suggests that getting a tent made of double sided duct tape may work, but, mon dieu!

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    Hi ab2! The question is about which tent material can prevent ants from chewing into it. The link you’ve provided talks about remedies once there’s an ant infestation. – Ricketyship Jul 26 '18 at 3:46
  • @Ricketyship Notice the last sentence, which starts with "This suggests that getting a tent made of double sided duct tape may work..." – Loduwijk Sep 14 '18 at 17:09
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I don't think there is one tent material that will prevent ants from cutting through, unless you want a ridiculously heavy kevlar tent.

All classic materials are definitely not sturdy enough.

I know of one solution that can solve the problem: coat the tent with permethrin. Not exactly nature-friendly (toxic to many wildlife species, especially beneficial insects like bees) and I don't know what effect it might have on waterproofing coatings like urethane and silicon.

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