Archive for Sunday, August 12, 2007

Keep ants away from pet food

August 12, 2007

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Keeping ants out of your pet's food bowls can be a losing battle this time of year. A line of tiny scavengers seems to form as soon as dinner is set down.

The best defense is to avoid leaving food out longer than necessary. Wash the bowl as soon as your pet finishes eating, and don't leave scraps and kibbles scattered on the floor. (This is easier with dogs that tend to gobble their meals than cats that often nibble and nap.)

Some pet owners swear by the pie-pan method. Fill a metal or glass pie pan with water and put the food bowl in the middle of it. The ants supposedly will drown or at least be deterred on their way to the forbidden meal. Some pet product companies make stainless steel "ant-proof" bowls with built-in moats.

Treat the floor area around the bowl with insecticide only as a last resort, and keep your pet in another part of the house until it dries. Also, store bulk pet food in containers with tight-fitting lids.

Comments

planetwax 7 years, 10 months ago

"Treat the floor area around the bowl with insecticide only as a last resort, and keep your pet in another part of the house until it dries."

What makes a person think that a dry insecticide is safer than a wet insecticide? If it kills ants while it's dry, then it's not safe for a dog to eat. Period. The stuff is aimed to kill, just like the pesticides humans spray all over conventional grocery food.

I'd rather my dog eat the ants. Besides, I doubt any dog would notice the little guys.

Janet

Katie Van Blaricum 7 years, 10 months ago

yeah, haha, when I had ants last month, one of my cats was pouncing on them and licking them up! It was pretty hilarious...wish I had thought of the "moat" option back then! I also hear they will not cross a line of cinnamon.

Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 10 months ago

(In my very best Charlton Heston voice:) "Soylent Green is ANTS!"

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