Pet safe way to get rid of ants


#5520090 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 2:24pm
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So our house has a ant problem now that its summer time. They are in the Kitchen, in our cats room, and now getting into our room. We sealed off where we thought we seen them coming out in both our room and the cats room but they still are coming out. I think they are coming out of the wood work around the frame since they are small enough to fit. My boyfriend said he will caulk the windows so that will help but for now and incase that doesn't work I need some kind of advice on what we can do/use. We have 2 pets here a cat and a dog. It has to be something the cat will not play with and something the dog will not be able to well I'm not sure how to explain that, lets just say hes 13 and blind so he can't see anything.



Any advice or anything would be great! We've been keeping his food closed and out of the window way and our room we've been taking more care of as well. The kitchen... well theres not much we can do there since its the main food place -_- I have NO Idea where they are coming from in there though. I haven't looked I just know they are far worse in there. This is the worse its been in the past few years we've lived here!


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#5520121 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 3:14pm
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Mine where coming in through the dishwasher. I have NO idea how. But I noticed that if I ran the dishwasher (through a hole cycle) and empty it as soon as dishes were done then never let dishes sit in the sink it really helped to cut down on the ants. It happens at my parent's house too. I have NO idea how they're getting into the dishwasher. So, if you have one, it's a good place to start.

Does your cat go on your counters? If not, place Terro liquid traps (you can now find them in Walmart) where you notice them. They get in there and then take it back to the nest. My cat, while inside, was never attracted to it. Ants on the other had acted like it was sugar water. They were all gone within 3 days. We use them every single time we get an ant problem which is about once a year. If your cat does get on the counter, put it under a kitchen cabinet that has a lock on it in a place you won't accidentally knock it over.

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#5520125 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 3:14pm
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So, I have a cat, and what we did was mix some boric acid in with sugar water into a cup with a lid. (it should be plastic so it doesn't seep through. We poke holes in the top so the ants could get in and out, and so our cat wouldn't try and eat it. We still put it a bit out of the way though.
Annnd, the ratio of what to use:
1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons boric acid

Is there somewhere you can put it, like a corner in the pantry, where your pets can't get to? It usually takes a week or so, but we always start in early April. Kills of the colony for the year. Yay! It may take longer, but it defiantly works.

Honestly, unless your house is super sealed off ants will find a way to get in.
But yeah, if there is no way to keep this from your pets, I wouldn't use it.



#5520078 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 3:50pm
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I read that if you place cucumber peels by their hills/holes, they don't like the peels so they can't get out. And you should wipe with a bit of vinegar where they've walked, because vinegar clears the scent trails they leave for their little ant brethren to follow. o:
I hope this helps. <:



#5520128 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 4:01pm
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We don't have a dishwasher :( We've thought about getting one but his dad said when we move out it won't be worth it for just his few dishes. We try to wash them after use but sometimes we don't eat dinner till late night and after eating we usually go to bed.


Hes not allowed on the counters so I might tell his dad about them and see if he wants to give them a try.



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That might work for the kitchen but not either of the rooms :( Oliver likes to get into our window and sit and he roams around on the desk sometimes in his room. I don't want to risk him finding it and knocking it over or getting curious.



@Argentea
You know I was thinking last night wondering if vinegar or water+vinegar would work. I'm so irritated with the ants today! I've had 2 crawl on me and 3 on the laptop screen! That makes you have the feeling like they are crawling on you too!




Did a bit of cleaning up and moved the food we have in here (packaged/canned/ect. in one area now though so I can keep a eye on it. Its all enclosed/sealed so they can't get in. A few things weren't so they are going to be tossed.


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#5520130 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 4:10pm
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D: I had that problem earlier. My dad got some traps in, and that seemed to get rid of them.



#5520079 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 4:11pm
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Seriously, spray the baseboards with Windex. It is pet safe (they dont lick it) and it gets rid of ants. My dad uses it every summer in our kitchen and it works!



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If you come across a big bunch of them, pour a pot full of boiling water on them. The survivors will scurry back to the anthill and warn the others to stay away.



#5520080 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 4:22pm
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We have an ant problem in our house and we use AntStop! Bait Stations.
They look kind of like hockey pucks and are of a similar size so they are small enough to slide under furniture.
We put ours under the kitchen units and they work a treat.
The stations not only kill the ants that go near them but the whole colony because the worker ants take the ant killer back to the colony.

If you can get something similar then I would try to get them.
As for your cat, we have three cats and none of them have become ill from them, so I think they must be pet friendly.



#5520092 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 6:36pm
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You could try sprinkling cayenne pepper around the cracks where you think they're coming in. It confuses their sense of smell and makes them retreat without killing them. There are other spices you can use for the same effect, but I can't remember them off the top of my head. 8)



#5520096 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 8:07pm
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We had ants galore in the previous house. We have cats and a dog. Tried everything pet safe we could think of to get rid of them. We finally had to resort to spraying outside around the house and in the basement (animals never went down there) then putting bait out where the cats couldn't get to it. That was the only thing that would cut the numbers down to almost none. Would find one every few weeks. Ortho Home Defense I believe is the spray.

I had a nest in my room. There wasn't any food or drinks that they were going after, they just came in and made a nest in some papers that got shoved under my bed. Only found out after I spilled some pop and a day later followed the trail that showed up. Seriously freaked me out.


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#5520081 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 10:03pm
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I have the same problem, it's so irritating.
What's more annoying is that I have no clue where the hell they all come from so I can't like go to the source and kill them all off at once. B(

I did have the same problem at another house too, but after we used the Bayer Home Defense spray they eventually just stopped coming and died off. So try that maybe?



#5520082 Posted on: 05/12/11 at 10:53pm
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I'm having the same problem too. I've been spraying white vinegar around the baseboards in our kitchen. It hasn't gotten rid of them, but there are far less ants appearing than before.
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#5520134 Posted on: 05/13/11 at 2:38am
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We mix Borax with powdered sugar (half and half) and spread it around the nooks and crannies of where the ants are (usually the kitchen). What happens is that the ants start to carry the sugar back to the nest, and then later the Borax kicks in and they start to die off. It works pretty well but you'll probably need to apply it repeatedly until they're gone.



#5520099 Posted on: 05/13/11 at 2:39pm
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We have two cats, and what we've used has been simple ant traps, it's worked for us. And by moving the cat's food dish to another part of the room.