Pet Safe Methods for Dealing with Ants

As you probably know, ants can kill your reptile or amphibian overnight. Invasive ants are partially responsible for the demise of crested geckos in the wild. Smaller animals and eggs are particularly vulnerable to attack. It's important to address ants immediately if you find them in or around your pet's cage. Here's some reptile & amphibians safe tips for dealing with ants. 


Figure out where the ants are coming in.

-Look at both the inside and outside of the house. 

-Ants will find every hole in your wall, so you might as well go get a caulking gun and start filling all the cracks.

-A glue gun will work for inside holes, but glue doesn't last as long as caulk.

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Pet safe ant baits:

Borax, white sugar and water. 

 Boil 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Remove from heat and mix in 1 tablespoon of Borax until it dissolves. 

Boil 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Remove from heat and mix in 1 tablespoon of Borax until it dissolves. 

 Paper medicine cups or soda bottle lids are good options to hold the ant bait. Place them along the ant trails inside and outside your house.

Paper medicine cups or soda bottle lids are good options to hold the ant bait. Place them along the ant trails inside and outside your house.

 Borax is laundry detergent and can be purchased at most larger stores. If there is too1  much borax mixed into the bait, ants will avoid it. 

Borax is laundry detergent and can be purchased at most larger stores. If there is too1  much borax mixed into the bait, ants will avoid it. 


Pet safe instant ant killer: 

Liquid dish soap, rubbing alcohol and water. 

Mix in a spray bottle, spray on the ant lines and wipe them away. It instantly kills ants and get rid of their scent trail.