So, I went to reach for the water dish the other day, when I noticed that the dry food bowl was CRAWLING with ants! Countless ants! They cropped up in just a few hours. This is my first ant problem since moving into my condo, so I started investigating products that might help. I’ve heard people mention Sevin Dust for insect control around animals, but after just a little research I found several anecdotes about pets getting serious skin irritation or becoming very sick from it. It turns out that the active ingredient in Sevin Dust, carbaryl, is a neurotoxin and suspected carcinogen. So that was ruled out.
Then I came across this Poison Free Ant & Roach Killer. It’s a patented poison-free formula that controls ants, roaches and other crawling insects using all natural, food-grade mint oil. It is safe for use around children and pets and for use in the kitchen. It works instantly and is supposed to stay active for up to 4 weeks. Plus, the water-based aerosol contains no CFCs or other ozone depleting substances. It sounds too good to be true!
I just sprayed it all around the kitchen, plus I used it on the fire ants that have been appearing on the catio. It has a wonderful fresh mint smell and the cats are not bothered by it at all. Catnip is a member of the mint family, so I guess that makes sense.