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Ants and a cat

I have got ants on board, the tiny ones. I also have a young cat that licks anything it considers might possibly be food.

Can anyone recommend a cat friendly ant poison. I would try and put this down in places the cat can not get to but you know cats.
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Re: Ants and a cat

My exterminator sprayed a sticky substance on the walls. Got the ants. Look into
the home defense spray from the big box stores (Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes). From Ortho web site:
Frequently Asked Questions - Ortho® Home Defense MAX®

Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Perimeter & Indoor Insect Killer: People, including children, and pets may reenter treated areas once the product has dried.
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Re: Ants and a cat

what about ant traps that have the double sides tape on the back so you can put tem n hard to reach spots...?

Plus, some ant sprays are OK with Pets after they dry.

I got to ask, how would they get on board...?
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To all the liveaboards here - is this common? What other pests are common aboard?
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Re: Ants and a cat

Cockroaches are bad news and very hard to shift. Termites can require tenting the boat to shift.

Rats are really bad news as they chew on things like electric cables and hypalon dinghies.

Zeehag found a snake on board recently.
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Re: Ants and a cat

cucaarohs fly.
ants come in to boats in the picnic and foodstuffs lefton a table in the park for too long......
rat merely walk on board at a dock as do gekkos and iguanas..i have had those, also--an d coatimundis--buyt thy go away by selves, as do raccoons--we had one of those in boat in florida at water street hotel in apalach---was cute bu tbubba and raccoon kinda shared an adventure at 0100..lol

snakee just crawled up my lines from water to my deck and hung out at the hawse cleat he found lines curled around and stayed for a day....
have not yet had cocodrilos, alligators or bears or other mean things..
but then i am sailing tropics, so anything can happen.
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Re: Ants and a cat

I would avoid sprays with a cat. You can put disposable ant traps in the center of a small wire cage (like a cricket cage).

There is also a more natural solution to killing ants with borax and sugar water, but I think that might be harmful to cats.

You might need to temporarily remove your cat while you are treating the boat.
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Re: Ants and a cat

I live in Southeast Asia...they have all kinds of ants here....many tribes......Some eat sugar based foods, others ignore this and go for salt. Then there are the carnivores......But alas, can never tell which ones that bite me when I am asleep. Not a fan of the poisons,have tried many things but....the best thing I have found so far is a simple bleach and water solution......in a liter of water.....or a quart for those so inclined I put 2-3 ounces of bleach and the go for it........bleach smell is better than getting bit and the ants well...they die.....after a bit the bleach evaporates and left is clean......I just sweep up the dead body trail and voila no problem....btw cats avoid bleach so that problem is not an issue......good luck! Roaches are another story.....
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Re: Ants and a cat

Thanks for all the advice.

I will try the two pronged approach. Thorough clean with bleach water then the ant box hotels.

Now I just have to find a way of stopping the midnight ninja attacks on my ankles.
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