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pet safe way to kill ants

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
ants are invading the kitchen... so who has some 'non toxic to cats' ways to eleiminate these little pests. I have used poisons outside but i won't do that indoors.
post #2 of 32
I have actually had some success with using flea spray that you would spray right on your animals to kill flees. I got it at petsmart and it worked pretty well on the ants. I didn't want to tak any chances with my babies either. Make sure you read all teh warnings before spraying!
post #3 of 32
There's always diatomaceous earth. You also need to thoroughly clean the kitchen and get rid of their scent trails, and of course make so no little crumbs of food are anywhere. If you can find the hole that they're coming in through, blocking that may help.
post #4 of 32
You can wash countertops, cabinets, and floor with equal parts vinegar and water to deter ant infestations.
post #5 of 32
I spray 'em with Windex. They die almost immediately, and you just wipe it up. Cats generally leave it alone because of the strong ammonia smell, and the ammonia disrupts their trail.
post #6 of 32
Ants won't walk over chalk for what it's worth. You might also try calling a pest control company and asking. In my apartment they have pest people come out and spray if we have ants (they were just out yesterday actually) and before they did the first time I neede them I called and asked if what they used was pet safe and it is.
post #7 of 32
One of those little hand held steam cleaners.....
it kills the ants and at the same time erases their pheromone trail.
It really works plus it's great for cleaning other things too..

http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Pro-SC505.../dp/B00008J4C8

There are less expensive steam cleaners at your local home improvement store.
Good luck...
post #8 of 32
I use the little plastic ant traps that have the poison inside and tiny holes that my cats can't reach into.
post #9 of 32
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
I use the little plastic ant traps that have the poison inside and tiny holes that my cats can't reach into.
I only use those when I'm waiting for the pest people. I'm always afraid one of the cats will eat an ant that's been in the trap.
post #10 of 32
Why use poison when water is more effective?
See my above post...

I urge everyone to use non-toxic steam or hot water.
It kills the ants and erases their scent trail so that they can't find their way back.
It is quick and safe and cheap.
post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
One of those little hand held steam cleaners.....
it kills the ants and at the same time erases their pheromone trail.
what about all the boiling water left on surfaces?
post #12 of 32
Actually, with those little steamers the water is cool in less than 30 seconds I'd say. I'm just guessing but it does cool very quickly.
post #13 of 32
It gets cool right away.
I have never had the steam harm anything...
I use it to clean my bathroom, kitchen, sometime areas of the floor etc....
I have found it to be a great non-toxic solution for cleaning a lot of things.
post #14 of 32
The traps work fine for me My cats have never shown any sign of eating ants and I've tried just about everything else (including boiling water and getting pest control in to put something down). We have a nest in the wall between my flat and my next door neighbour's flat and every spring we both get infested with them. If I put the traps down early enough it gets rid of them completely. Till the next time.
post #15 of 32
I use a product called Orange Guard. It is made from orange peel extract, the scent repels ants. It's natural and safe to use around pets. I spray it directly on the ants and in any places they might hide, it keeps them away for a few weeks at least. I wipe up any excess so my cat doesn't get it on her paws.
http://www.orangeguard.com/
post #16 of 32
If someone did use poison how long is it there? My dad did that a week and a half ago to kill ants in our bathroom. I am getting a kitten in a few weeks and was planning to put her litterbox in there. Is that dangerous? The steamer is a great idea if it happens again though. We have one and it cools down pretty quickly, it just feels warm for a minute or two (it feels like the floor in front of a window when the sun shines on it for a few hours.)
post #17 of 32
Try putting out bay leaves - ants don't like the smell and generally go away. Also, for those of you who can get QVC - they have a great book called Grandma's Kitchen Wisdom Critter Ridder book. Lots of pet safe and environmentally safe ways to get rid of pests - large and small - except no cures for the DH who misbehaves! (well, they do recommend exlax to get rid of gophers! Try that!)
post #18 of 32
You can buy borax/sugar solution for ants. Borax is harmless to pets, and ants will eat some and bring it back to the nest and share with their friends. It comes in a syrupy sugar solution, and has long been an effective and safe way to kill ants.
If you put out some of this stuff, (it comes in several convenient forms), you will soon see a line of ants waiting to get some of the free meal. Works just as well as pesticides.
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by Mermaid View Post
You can buy borax/sugar solution for ants. Borax is harmless to pets, and ants will eat some and bring it back to the nest and share with their friends. It comes in a syrupy sugar solution, and has long been an effective and safe way to kill ants.
If you put out some of this stuff, (it comes in several convenient forms), you will soon see a line of ants waiting to get some of the free meal. Works just as well as pesticides.
Yeah, I think I saw some instructions in some past searching...it described how to make a bait station with a baby food jar, borax and sugar IIRC.
post #20 of 32
I also use the plastic aunt killers. If you buy the expensive raid ones your aunts will be gone within a few weeks. Our cats don't like to play or eat aunts when they are alive so we don't have to worry about them eating dead ones.
post #21 of 32
I wouldn't use poison outside because you can potentially kill other "good" insects and possibly birds. For outside, they have to have a mound somewhere, find the mound and pour BOILING water on the mound. This will kill them.
Inside, use some of the safer suggestions that were offered such as vinegar and water, bay leaves, or even hair spray will work. Cats don't like that because it sticks to the floor.
post #22 of 32
I use an ant killer that I get at Ace Hardware. It's called Safer Brand. It is in a bright yellow can, and it is not harmful to pets. It's made with mint oil. It kills the ants dead, and repells them because ants hate mint. It messes up their navigation system. We were invaded last year, and I was in tears because they started in the bedroom! Our pug Maddie kept finding the traps, and when we caught her trying to roll in antkiller outside...we had to turn to safer methods of dealing with the ants. This is the only thing that I found to work. We had to spray it multiple times though.... and heavy. It doesn't stain, and wipes up easily. Our animals simply were not interested in it. It smells VERY minty though..... This year I am planting mint all around my house. That's what woked in the end for my parents. Anywho... here is a link to their site:
www.saferbrand.com/ant_home.htm
post #23 of 32
If I get a full trail, I find their hole and plug it and use flea spray that is safe for cats. If there's something less than a trail, I just squish them.
post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I also use the plastic aunt killers.
I dont want to exterminate my father's sisters. I love Esther and Ann. I just want to get rid of the bugs LOL
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by Abigail View Post
I dont want to exterminate my father's sisters. I love Esther and Ann. I just want to get rid of the bugs LOL
LOL

This is lame, and probably inneffective...but I have noticed that the infestation subsides when it rains, almost immediately. So just today, I went outside and watered the suspect area. I plugged some of their holes too. We'll see.
post #26 of 32

I found a receipe (sp?) on yahoo and it was Vinegar, mixed with some kind of powder and water.  I shook it and poured it all over the kitchen counters and (knocking on  wood!) in 3 days I have not seen an ant.

 

If  only I could find the article - I saved it but where!

post #27 of 32
In rescue, when we feed at our cat stations, ants are a big issue. We usually will spray Pam cooking spray all over the feeding trays. This keeps them away for along time also safe for the kitties.
post #28 of 32
As silly as this sounds, I have gotten rid of an infestation with Windex. At the time I thought someone was secretly filming the "My big fat Greek wedding" sequel but... It worked.

I used to own a pest control company (a hundred years ago). Go outside of your house (apt building) and look very closely around the perimeter of your home to see where they are coming in and also follow them to their colony to take care of the root of the problem.

If you have a DIY pest control retailer or a pest control company with a retail store front in your area, see if they sell ADVION ANT GEL (or comparable) to the public. If they do, I've used it without incident in my home with both cats and dogs.

Of course, you don't want them to get into it and I've never had a problem with any of my pets wanting to.

I'm happy to give you the ins and outs of using that product if you can get it/feel comfortable using it in your home around your cat. :-)

Good luck! Those pantry ants are buggers!!
post #29 of 32

I made a mistake in my Post - it i supposed to be    1 Gallon Vinegar,  2cups epson salts, and 1/4 dawn dishwashing soap ( the one that is BLUE)

 

It is to kill weeds but I put it in a spray bottle and shook it up and poured it all over my sink drainboard and window shelf and it has been about a week now and NO MORE ANTS!!!!!

 

 

Heidi, Lady Kotton & Lord Benji and Angles Panther, Missy, Minnie, Corkie & Schatzi

post #30 of 32

I use orange oil.  Safe and non-toxic.  There's also tons of uses for it in your kitchen and around the yard.

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