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Pet Safe Ant Killer – Safe Ways to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

To many of us, pets are family.  We wouldn't want to do anything that may cause harm to our furry family members.  You may have heard the horror stories of family pets being killed by ingesting poisonous household cleaning agents or toxic plants.  Many ant killers can also be harmful and toxic to your pets.  Some people who are trying to eliminate ants find that in the process they harm their pets.  In this article, I'll be going over information about pet safe ant killer options so that you will know how to eliminate ants while keeping your pets safe.

Things to Look for in Pet Safe Ant Killers

Diatomaceous Earth

If you want to kill ants but not harm your pets, look for diatomaceous earth.  This ingredient is a bug killer that contains fossilized remains of small aquatic organisms.  When sprinkled on ants or any bug with an exoskeleton it compromises their waxy coating and eventually kills them.  But diatomaceous earth doesn't hurt mammals.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a natural ant deterrent that won't harm your pets.

Ingredients That Are Harmful to Pets

When buying ant killer, it is important to get an ant killer with ingredients that will not harm your pets.  To make sure that it won't harm your pets, you should always check the ingredients.  Never buy ant killers that contains any of the following: Amitraz, Acephate, Carbofuran, Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon, Disulfoton, Fenoxycarb, Fonofos, Malathion, Methomyl, Parathion, Permethrin, Propozur, Terbufos, or Tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP).  Permethrin can be used around dogs, since it is often used in dog flea and tick treatment, but it cannot be used around cats.  This is poisonous to cats, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Although it may seem very safe, borax is another ingredient that can be harmful to your pets.  If your pet eats it, borax can lead to irritation and stomach upset.  There’s a risk of kidney injury if your pet eats a lot of it.  Because of this, it is best to use ant killers that don't contain borax.

How to Prevent Ants

To prevent ants from coming indoors, you may want to spray vinegar or lemon juice in areas that they may enter.  Cinnamon will also work well when driving ants away, and it is non-toxic to pets.  Also try putting out natural plants that drive away ants.

Remember to also throw away crumbs and spills.  If any food is left out, put it away.  Ants are attracted to food, so try to minimize the amount of food that you leave out.  Make sure to keep your house clean, and wash items that ants would be attracted to (such as a garbage pail or your pet's dish).  The more unpleasant your home is to ants, there's a better chance that you will get rid of your ants.

Homemade Ant Killers

If you are looking for a pet safe ant killer, then it may be a good idea for you to make your own homemade ant killer.  Homemade ant killers can be simple and quick to make, as well as very effective.  Below are a few ideas for how you can make homemade ant killers.

Vinegar and Water

Fill a spray bottle up with half apple cider vinegar and the other half with water.  Whenever you see an ant, spray directly at them.  Another way to use this is to spray before you see the ants.  That way it will discourage them from coming inside.


Some plants are known to drive away ants.  Peppermint, sage, spearmint, and pennyroyal are just a few plants that can discourage ants from entering your home.  Catnip is another herb that will drive away ants.  If you have a cat, this is a good option since cats love it.

Lemon Juice

Ants dislike citric acid, which makes lemon juice a good choice.  Spray the lemon juice in places where you think ants are entering.  Lemon peels have also been known to repel ants.

Alternative Control Methods

One proven way to get rid of ants is to get rid of their food source.  Ants will keep coming back to a food source if it's available.  One way to help prevent ants is to put food in plastic bins instead of just in a cupboard.  Once the food source is eliminated, ants should stop returning to get more.

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The Benefits of Using a Pet Safe Ant Killer

There are many benefits to using a pet safe ant killer.  Here are just a few benefits to using pet safe ant killers:

Your pet is safe-  The biggest benefit is that your pet is safe.  You won't have to worry about your pet being in danger, or dying from poison.

Saves you money from a vet bill-  You will not have to worry about spending all your money on a vet bill because your pet got into ant killer.

Safe for children as well-  When you have pet safe ant killer, most of the time you will also have an ant killer that is safe for children. 

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Final Thoughts

There are ways of getting rid of ants without resorting to ant killers that may also harm your pets. I've gone over some of those ways.  Diatomaceous earth will kill ants by compromising an ant's exoskeleton without harming mammals.  Peppermint Oil is also a natural ant deterrent that will keep ants away without harming your pets.  Some homemade ant killers are to mix vinegar and water and then spray it directly on an ant.  Peppermint, sage, spearmint, catnip and pennyroyal are all plants that can help to deter ants away.  Another sure-fire way to get rid of ants is to get rid of their food source.  All of these alternative ways to get rid of plants will keep your pet safe in the process.  Though some of the ant killers on the market may work faster and be more efficient at killing ants, it's not going to be worth the risk to your pets.

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Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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