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Tiny ants in food

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
There are miniscule ants in Bailey's food dish (kibble). Does anyone know a cat-safe way to get rid of these? In the 3 months I've been free-feeding the same kibble, it's the first I've seen ants.

Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 6
You can set the bowl of food in a shallow pan with water.. the ants wont be able to get through the water to get to the food.

I think they even sell special bowls like this. I saw one recently, let me see if I can find it again.
post #3 of 6
Ants are really, really bad this year.
I've been fighting them all summer long.
I've only had one or two incursions into the house. And they love kitty food.

You didn't mention if your problem is indoors or outdoors.

I'm allergic to all chemicals so anything I use is safe for my animals - 2 cats and 1 dog.

Here's my solutions:
1. Sprinkle a 3 inch wide strip of diatomaceous earth all around your house. If you live in an apartment, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth inside. But you will have to vacuum it up once you leave the apartment.

2. You can use a natural ant bait, but you'll have to keep kitty out of it. Here's how to make it - 4 ounces of water,
1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon boric acid. Mix this up (you may have to heat it a bit to get it to dissolve). Pour the mixture into butter tub tops and set out where ant trails are.

3. Go to a natural products store and look for Orange Guard. This is a citrus based remedy that is safe to use around pets and will kill the ants on contact.

4. Put kitty's dish into a bowl slighly larger than the dish and then add water until there is about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch of water coming up the side of the dish.

5. Windex kills ants on contact.

I'm trying a new product outdoors that seems to have stopped the ants cold. It's made from daisies and doesn't bother any of my pets. I'll get the name of it and post it.
post #4 of 6
Bailey 3: Try the water solution. It works. I feed my cats on top of a table and I used 4 bowls (one for each table leg) with water. That was the end of the ants
post #5 of 6
You can try fool a bug dish , they sell it at wal-mart it's cheap . I feed my outdoors cats with that bowel and move that dish every day in different places around the same area to keep them away .
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
For all of you who gave suggestions on ridding feeding dishes of ants, thank you for your sage advice and help!

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