How do you deal with ants on the dog food?

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I'm having trouble with ants on robins bowl. I leave for 20 minutes and they are all over the food. I have to throw it away. Any suggestions on how to deal with it. I've tried putting them in different places but the ants find a way to it. I don't want to use raid bc it might affect Robin. Thanks really looking forward to your input. 

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Robin, what a mess.. I know. We're going through an ant invastion here in Baja as well..

We've used Windex with pretty good results. Also vinegar (plain white vinegar) and water mixture...Someone said to place salt around the area you want left alone. Didn't work here.

Due to Sofia's arthritis in her hips, and the fact that she eats so slowly, she gets fed from the coffee table and we pick the bowl up immeditately after she's done. Otherwise, I think the little beggers would take off with the kibble.

BTW.. are ants bad for dogs? ( no seriously.. I don't know the answer to this and as soon as I post, I'm going to google.)

Okay.. I just googled this and got an amswer from MEDHELP:

There's several different things you can try without using harsh chemicals. We use yellow cornmeal a lot. The ants eat it and it expands inside their stomachs, killing them. Cream of wheat or grits also works.
You can also try baby powder or borax, although borax can be harmful to cats. If you sprinkle cinnamon where you don't want the ants they won't cross the line. It doesn't kill them but it does make them go elsewhere. I've also heard white vinegar mixed with water works. I haven't tried that.
Try a few out and see what works and let us know! Hope you find something that works for you.

I also read that the ants are a source of protien and will not harm your pets.. Eeeuuuww.. not my favorite thing to feed..

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We also are plagued with little tiny ants, but they are in multitudes!  I havent had to try to keep them away from my dog food, yet.  I keep my kibble in a rubbermaid container with a tight fitting lid, and only put out the food when it's time for the dogs to eat, so the bowls are pretty much emptied before the ants figure it out.  BUT, I had a horrible time getting the ants to stay out of my hummingbird feeders--until I coated the bottom of the metal holder thing that the feeders hang on with a vaseline and borax mixture.  The vaseline is waterproof, so it held the borax on even through a couple of light rains.  Borax tends to 'burn' the ants' legs off or something...anyhow it worked.

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How about a shallow dish with water?  You can put the food bowl down in a shallow dish and the ants can't get to it.  I like to put my african violets in shallow dish with water so they get humidity, but it would also keep away ants.  Robin will just have to reach a little more to get to his food.

 

EDIT:  I just wanted to add that I love Borax and I keep it on hand to make my own laundry detergent.  Amazing stuff!

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2-sided tape around the bowl or other object upon which the bowl sits. ;-)


It's also good not to leave food down. You don't want to feed a puppy too much.

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What a terrific idea Alpha! love it!

We have an anti-ant dish for harley. It has a like a mote around it and if u fill it with water they can't get to the food.

But with all that said, Harley enjoys eating them! I know I can imagine the divas face as I type! lol. Harley goes searching for them and then laps them up! lol

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Dear Harley... all I can say is

EEeeuuwwwww!

~S

 

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If you have one of the raised dishes on legs, the solution is simple.  Just put each leg inside an old margarine container  ( or similar) with a little water and a drop of dish soap and the ants can't get to it.

other than that maybe google has a solution.  It's the only one I know off hand.

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I found ant free bowls on Amazon and eBay.  They have a "moat" to fill with water and are built on the same idea that Harleybear suggested.  

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I bought a raised feeder and put tape on the bottom. So far no ants yet. The feeder is also supposed to help out with joint problems in the future since its raised. Thank you all (-:

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Robin,

They go back and forth and back and forth over raised feeders and bloat.  Just in cast, keep a bottle of GasX in your cabinet.  It could save his life one day.

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Lil.. that's great advice. Most of the things I've read re: raised feeders say "no! no! no!".. We put Sofia's feeding dish on the coffee table as:

1.) she has arthritis in her hips and it's a lot easier on her.

2.)Being the Diva she is,  she really doesn't like to eat alone. ( see picture) These are her gal pals she invites to join her.

3.) She eats very slowly, taking each and every kibble one at a time and chews them, looks up to see if I'm watching and waits for the "oh good girl.. yum yum."

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I only use my raised bowl holder for water now.  Food bowls are all on the floor, and I also have another big ceramic water dish on the floor as well. Mine dont seem to prefer one over the other at all.

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I pay Terminex for Quarterly visits.  The first visit they will treat the inside of your home and outside, after that it's the outside only and have yet to see an ant or really any bug since that day.   Since the foundation and yard are treated  they don't ever really get to the inside of the house and they come during the day while we're at work so no worries after the spray dries on harming either the cat or dog.  

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Sprinkle Cinnamon Powder! They will not cross it :)

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I also have to use the raised food bowl as Ben's neck hurts too much to lean all the way down to the floor, he is using Goofy's old bowl and it's a bit lower than his head so he still has to tilt his head which I hope will make him less suseptible to bloat. Not sure about the ants but the cinnamon sounds good as far as toxicity goes... and the tape is good one too.....I did the water trough and the ants are smart enough to sacrifice some ants in order to build an "ant bridge" and then they let their buddies climb over them to get to the bowl......