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Topic: ANTS! why won't u leave my kitty's food alone?  (Read 4051 times)
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« on: July 28, 2005 08:33:03 AM »

ants are always mobbing Jack's food. I'v put his milk cup and his ood cup in a tray filled with water, but jack just plays in the water, tips his cup over to watch his food float or goes crazy and skid around corners, sending the water and tray flying!! anyone with suggestions??

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2005 08:54:54 AM »

Sprinkle some cinnamon on a plastic place mat, and put Kitty's food and water dishes on that.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2005 08:55:48 AM »

Camicide is a natural ant poison that is supposed to be both effective and safe for pets. You can probably get it online if no stores in your area have it.  It seems obvious, but the best thing would be to figure out how the ants are getting into the house and then cut off their access.  I've heard stuff like Borax or Vaseline will keep them out, but I haven't tried either myself.  Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2005 11:34:16 PM »

thanks guys! I'll give them a go

Those ants are like fROM somewhere else ay. We've surrounded the flat inside and out with so much ant powder it looks like we live near the beach, we've put a bijillion kinds of ant baits down but they only appear when jack is eating.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2005 01:32:38 AM »

They do sell bowls at pet stores that are designed to prevent bugs from getting into the food, I tried the "pan of water" solution, and it worked okay, but this bowl is better.  If you're in the US, they had them at PetSmart.  It was like this one:


But not nearly that big (that one is almost 16 oz) and not as expensive.

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2005 08:25:03 AM »

Ants won't cross chalk, a thick line around the dish should work.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2005 02:01:13 PM »

Put sugar outside (if that is where the ants are coming from) Then they will be more interested in that then his food!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2005 10:52:46 PM »

I have heard ants wont cross a line of chalk.

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2005 11:10:03 PM »

ants will eventually cross chalk, especially if there is food around. I've tried many a time to kill an ant by letting him starve in a circle of chalk, but it doesn't work for a long period of time. (Can you tell that I live in a really boring town?)
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2005 01:05:10 AM »

My dog's food bowl use to have ants in it all of the time.  I got the "fool-a-bug" bowl at a pet store.  Its been a year and no ants yet.  It is definately something worth getting.  The ant bait is called "Come and get it".  It won't harm animals.  My neighbor told me her dog ate the whole container of it and was OK.  I tried looking for it at Lowes and they don't carry it.  I found it at a nursery instead.

Oh, my cat plays in his water bowl too.  When I come home, I am always fishing out rubberbands, flowers, and various objects that he was playing with.  He likes to flip it over too.  So, I bought a heavier weight bowl and he seems to not knock it over as much.  Hope that helps.

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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2005 06:42:09 PM »

Get a jar and poke a few holes in the lid. Inside the jar put a wad of toilit paper, one teaspoon of sugar or a couple of suger cubes and about 5 tablesoopns of water. Instant ant trap. Put in place of kitty's bowl, the ants can get in but not out. If the 'worker' ants doesn't bring food back to the queen she dies. No more ant colony. d

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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2006 07:47:52 PM »

Also double check the kitty, especially rubbing the backs of his legs where our calf would be and those bends he cant really reach. When I had the ant vs cat food problem, Asa was getting bitten by the ants as they tried to get there... he had so many bites on the backs of his heels and calf area that it formed huge welts. Luckily I was paying attention and when he started acting wierd took him to the vet. Discovered my cat is allergic to ants  Roll Eyes 
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2006 07:17:56 PM »

i had a similiar problem with my outside kitties food dishes. i jsut went to the dollar store and got a bowl that is a little larger than their regular food dish and added some water. you just need to make sure you keep some water in it ...it works for me..i had it seemed like a billion ants one day in the dish. i almost cried! it was so yucky!!!

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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2006 07:33:11 PM »

You might try smearing  a thin coating of petroleum jelly /vaseline around the bottom of the dishes.  We do the same on the hummingbird feeders and it has worked really well for both.

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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2006 07:37:39 PM »

Peppermint is a great natural ant repellant.  Last time I had an ant problem, I mushed some peppermint leaves and oil into some sculpy and jammed it where the ants were coming in -  no ants since. (I'd tried the same thing with plain wood putty, and they found a way around it...maybe Sculpy is an ant repellant as well?)

Catnip works really well, too, but...well...it kinda works well on the kitty, too Wink  At least he'd already be by his food if he had the munchies when he came down  Grin

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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2006 07:49:59 PM »

we ran into this problem when we first moved into this  house we are in now.  the exterminator  we had to eventually cal in  told is most sprays and traps  only kill the ones you see and Queen ants will move to a new area and start all over if no food is coming back. he said the best this you can do is get something that the ants take back to Queen ant  for all the colony to eat and die.  killing them  won't kill the problem  just a  few worker ants.   I know that sugar water will get  the  ones  you can  see.    not  sure what  would  really help  other than a  bait they carry back to momma eat.  GOOD  LUCK!! I know it is frustrating.

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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2006 05:22:38 PM »

We had this same problem last year. Ans leave scent trails so after you have an an attack, wipe out the trail with eco-friendly windex or something else to kill the scent. We moved the cat food to a different area of the house, and that helped. We still had ants come looking for it for a few days; a little Dr, Bronner's soap (can find at health food stores) and water in a spray bottle bumped them off without leaving a poison residue for he pets. See if you can figure out how they are geting in the house; ours were coming in along a pipe and once we found the space and blocked it up with clay they were cut off for a while.

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2006 09:59:24 AM »

I usually have ant problems twice a year. I put out the traps that have the ants take the food back to the colony and within a few days don't have a problem. I will leave one or two in the kitchen and one by the kitty dish.

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