How to Keep Ants From the Dog Food & Cage

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Ants can invade your dog food bowl, make the food uninviting and bite your dog as well as cause you to throw out the food. Keep ants out of your dog food bowls and his cage by cleaning his bowl and the area around it, picking up food dishes nightly and storing opened food in containers with tight lids.

Argentine Ants

The tiny ants that you see marching in a line toward your pet's food and water dishes are usually Argentine ants, or as some people call them, sugar ants. If you can follow the trail back towards the outdoor nest, you can treat it to eliminate the ants.

Pick Up Food Bowls

Do not leave dog food bowls, even empty, out overnight, whether inside, outside or in a cage. Some crumbs may remain in or around the bowl and attract ants. Clean up the crumbs as well.

Clean Feeding Areas

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner.
  • Broom.
  • Dustpan.
  • Outdoor trash can.

Vacuum around your indoor pet bowls daily to remove any small morsels that attract ants. Sweep outside feeding area or a cage daily depositing any crumbs into a dustpan and place them in an outdoor trash can with a tight fitting lid.

Clean Food and Water Bowls

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda.
  • Warm water.
  • Salt.
  • Washcloth.

Make a paste by combining equal parts of baking soda, warm water and salt. Place the paste on a washcloth and scrub the inside and outside of your dog's water and food dishes daily to remove all scent of food that attracts ants. Rinse the dishes thoroughly with water before adding fresh water to your canine companion's dishes.

Make a Moat

Things You'll Need

  • Large dog bowl or dish.
  • Water.

Place your dog's food bowl in another bowl or dish that is larger. Fill the larger dish with water to about 1/2 inch below the rim of the food bowl. Add your dog's food to his food bowl as you normally do. Ants can't swim, so if they climb up the sides of the moat, they fall into the water and drown before they reach your dog food.

Store Dog Food Correctly

Things You'll Need

  • Storage containers.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Outdoor trash can.

Store opened dog food in glass, metal or plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids. You can pour dog food into plastic bags that zip shut to deter ants. Store opened large bags of dog food outdoors in a clean trash can with a tight fitting lid.

Outdoor Tips to Deter Ants

  • Move dog food and water dishes away from the house. 
  • Remove any piles of leaves, wood or bricks that can be a
    natural bridge to your outdoor pet feeding area. 
  • Remove tree branches that overhang or are close to your
    house as well as vegetation that is next to your house. 
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