If you can find this product, I found it of use last summer. I sprayed around the walls and cracks of the house, then I put the ant traps underneath the fridge which is next to the cat food dishes, as well as another near the entry point I found for the ants, also placing the trap in a location that the cats couldn't reach. (I did have one cat try to lick the ant trap and when I called poison control they advised me that the poison is on the inside and not accessible and what the cat might have licked was the 'lure' on the outside, which is harmless. Just for information's sake. . . .)
So, the product which is supposed to be safe around children and pets is "Bioganic Organic Insect Control concentrate" by Green Light ( www.greenlightco.com
). It still isn't something that you want to have your pets traipsing around in as it can be a bit of an irritant when first applied, but it isn't poisonous or toxic and can be used safely in doors and even on food plants in the garden. It uses plant oils that block specific neural pathways in insects that don't exist in mammals or birds. Ingredients are thyme oil (4%) clove oil (4%) and sesame oil (4%) with the remainder being made up of soybean oil, water, wintergreen oil and lecithin. It actually smells quite nice, although it can be overpowering in stronger concentrations.