by Texas Homesteader ~
This time of year we’re often dealing with ants coming into the house. And they always seem to find Bailey’s pet food bowl.
We feed her small amounts twice each day. So there’s typically not food left in her bowl for any length of time. But sometimes she leaves her food in the bowl a little longer.
It’s then when we’ll notice it’s attracted the attention of ants. Oh how we hate to have ants in the house. And Bailey REALLY hates them to be in her dish!
But we found an easy fix. Check out this Homestead Hack.
Ants Coming Inside The House
I don’t know if y’all deal with ants like we do, but dang this time of year when it gets super dry, the ants will go marching out looking for food. Every now & then we find that they have invaded Bailey’s food dish!
When we adopted her years ago she had bladder stones that required an expensive surgery to rectify. She’s since been a happy healthy member of our family.
But because of her bladder stones her diet is very rigid. She’s never given human food, only a special formula low-oxalate crunchy dog food and lots of fresh water to keep her system healthy.
Knowing how common it is to overfeed pets (and to keep her fit), RancherMan researched to find out exactly how much food a dog her size and activity level should eat daily. We give her half that amount in the morning and the other half in the evening.
So although food rarely stays in the bowl for more than a few minutes as she eats it, sometimes for whatever reason she doesn’t eat it all at one sitting. That’s when ant problems can surface. It the ants find her bowl before she finishes the food in it… Ugh.
Fighting Ants In Dog Food Bowl
But thankfully there’s an easy, non-toxic was to keep the ants from her food dish. It simply involves making a water barrier from her food dish.
We have a larger dog bowl from years ago when we had a much larger dog. These days that big, heavy bowl is used for various other things around the Homestead. But today we brought it in & cleaned it up as well as we could.
This bowl is OLD so it’s pretty dingy even after it’s cleaned up, but it’s only temporary anyway. We sat Bailey’s smaller dish inside it. Yea – it fits perfectly!
Then we poured water into the bigger bowl, surrounding Bailey’s smaller bowl with an ant-free and water-filled moat.
Take THAT, ants!
It’s a poison-free way to eliminate ants from invading your pet’s food bowl.
The ants aren’t able to cross the water to get to our dog’s food. So they grumble about their working conditions inside the house and then they all stomp back outside where they belong!
So long, pesky ants!
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