CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Greensboro, North Carolina family returned from a three-day trip to find their car parked at the airport had been possessed by a colony of ants.
The Charlotte Observer reports Caroline Tedder Hacker lodged a complaint on Facebook on Sunday, warning people not to park in a certain section of Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s parking lot.
She said the car’s interior and engine were infested with ants, and her 11-month-old daughter had ants crawling on her during their ride back to Greensboro. She said the colony had been inside long enough to build a nest in the corner of the engine.
Apparently, the Hacker’s ant infestation occurred in Long Term Parking 2 near station Z.
This is not the first time travelers have returned to find ants in their vehicle, as evidenced by this 2015 story in the USA Today.
“Ants tend to surface…due to the weather and time of year,” said a statement issued by the airport. “The airport regularly monitors grassy areas and sets ant traps as needed to help alleviate the problem. Parking spaces that contain ant trails also are closed off to the public until the ants are removed.”
Airport officials said they offered to pay the cost of cleaning, in addition to waiving parking costs.