Real small ants are in the cat's bowl. The food is dry food, not
something that is obviously attractive to pests. A pest control guy
comes four times a year. In fact, this latest infestation occurred an
hour after the technician left.
Here's the rub: I can't see where the ants are gaining access. They
just show-up at the bowl. There's no line of ants carrying food back
to the nest, either in small cracks or toward a door. Any
Use a larger bowl or aluminum cooking sheet and fill it with water. Then
put the food bowl close to the center. You cats can lean over and eat their
food but the ants will drown if they try to cross your self-made water moat.
I'll second that. When we had a similar problem we put the cat food bowl
inside a saucer normally used under a plant pot, and added water to the
saucer. The ants couldn't get across the water "moat" to find the cat food.
That quickly ended the ant problem.
Look more carefully. Seriously, I doubt they have parachutes or
rocket packs. Therefore, they are walking to and from the the
It often takes me a few minutes of intensive study to find
their trail. But it's always there.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Probably under a baseboard, around electrical entries, under a door
sill...they love sweet and/or greasy food. They loved our dog chow, and
there were always crumbs scattered around pet's bowls. Ant bait with
boric acid, along with thorough cleaning, will probably get rid of them.
Keeping the food off the floor for a while, just putting it down
every few hours for feeding, would probably help. Lots of pests change
their living/eating habits during extreme weather conditions, looking
for food or water or a dryer nest.
Take some of the cat food, mash it up with a little water and mix it
about 12-15 cat food to one part boric acid.
Put this in a small container (bottle cap) where the cat can't get it.
It will get rid of the ants or at least get them to stop eating cat
I had some catfood that gave my place indian mealworms. Perhaps try a
different brand of catfood.
For carpenter ants, I put down liquid ant bait from
www.gardensalive.com in bottle caps, or tupperware lids. they bellied
up to the bar, drank heartily, and didn't come back. This was maybe
five or more years ago. the Orkin guy wanted $175 per treatment, and
Orkin closed, and the place is now a daycare. I'm not sure I'd want to
house kids in a building that used to have pesticides.
You quit seeing them, anyway.
Baits may work, but it's pretty hard to tell since generally ants have
taken up residence for quite a while before the homeowner spots any.
Carpenter ants, not so much, but IME they run straight to the highest
point in the structure to nest and there's plenty to eat completely
out of sight.
I don't fuck around with ants of any kind. I kill them, without
depending on their cooperation.
I'm probably the only guy on the planet who ever offered a solid
guarantee for CA, but I don't think the $ was often less than 2x 175.
Then you probably wouldn't want to send them to schools, restaurants,
hospitals, etc., either.
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