Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Cat safe ant repellent

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by mooikatje, Jun 1, 2017.


  1. mooikatje

    mooikatje Cat Slave

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    347
    I've been away for a few days and come back to find there are ants in my house. Not a massive infestation but enough to bother me and I get the feeling it could get worse as the summer goes on. (I've been back two days and saw more today than yesterday). This is not a problem I've had to deal with before so forgive me if this is a stupid question, but are there cat safe ways to deal with them? Thanks!
     
  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    11,525
    Likes Received:
    28,634
    I'm pretty sure lemon juice is an ant repellant. Don't use talc it's very poisonous to cats
     
  3. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    14,657
    Likes Received:
    11,990
    they cannot cross a line of talcum powder, seriously!
    I used to get this problem most years as ants swarm to find food and a new home. After limited success with the bait stations, I actually grabbed my Indorex household flea spray and doused the area they were entering. The effect was almost instantaneous even though only a few ants were actually killed. Presumably someone ran back to the nest and warned against entering my home again as I have never had an issue since.
    Obviously exercise the usual precautions when using flea spray and keep the cat away from the area.
     
    mooikatje likes this.
  4. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    14,657
    Likes Received:
    11,990
    Talc poisonous? Don't people use it to groom their cats????
     
  5. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    11,525
    Likes Received:
    28,634
    I'm sure if talc is swallowed or inhalded it is poisonous to cats @Paddypaws
    Maybe they don't use mineral talc in the grooming products for cats.
     
  6. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    11,525
    Likes Received:
    28,634
    I've just googled @Paddypaws and yes talc is poisonous to cats.
     
  7. Tigermoon

    Tigermoon PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Messages:
    4,192
    Likes Received:
    7,330
    I've been using talc on my cats for decades!

    If you can find the best the invaders are coming from, boiling water from the kettle usually solves the issue.
     
    mooikatje likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice