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How to Prevent Your Pet’s Food from Attracting Ants

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Unless your pet is an anteater or hedgehog, it’s not a good thing to have ants in or around your pet’s food. Unfortunately, this is the time of year in Medford and elsewhere when ants come out of hiding, and the pet dish is often one of the first places they are drawn to in your home.

Ant pest control is all about outsmarting these morsel-hunting insects. Keep your pet’s food area from becoming an ant magnet with the following Medford pest control tips.

How to Keep Pet Food Ant-Free

  • Store extra pet food in a lidded plastic container.
  • Vacuum the area around your pet’s bowl daily to keep it free of crumbs.
  • If your pet’s food bowl is infested with ants, place the food and the ants in a plastic grocery bag and tie a tight knot at the bag’s opening. Throw the plastic bag away in lidded trashcan outside. Wash the food bowl with dish soap and water. Then use dish soap and water to clean the area around the food bowl to remove the ant trail scent (this is a good time to mop your entire floor, too).
  • Make a moat around your pet’s food bowl. Place the bowl of food in a shallow pan of water, like pie tin, cake pan or a food bowl that’s a couple sizes larger than the one you own. When you place the bowl inside the pan of water, there should a ring of water around the food bowl. The water should not be so high that it spills into the pet food. Since ants can’t swim, they’ll drown before they have the chance to get into your pet’s food.
  • Keep your home, particularly the pet feeding area, clean. Never leave food out in the open, wash your pet’s bowl regularly, and use lidded trashcans.

If ants continue to be a nuisance despite your ant pest control attempts, call a Medford pest control company for pet-safe solutions.

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