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    how do I stop ants from getting in banjos food and water!?
    they are driving me crazy! his bowl gets literally black with ants
    are there any poisons etc. that i can use that wont harm banjo?

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    Maybe try and find the ant's nests and kill the ants there. Ants don't like talcum powder but I am not sure if talcum powder is safe for dogs.

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    Maybe try putting food bowl in shallow dish of water so that ant's have to go through water 1st to get to food bowl & hopefully they will drown.

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    We had this problem at our last house. Does he leave food left over? Or do the ants come almost as soon as you feed him?

    You can try feeding him less so that there's less chance he'll leave food, and feed him twice a day. Alternatively, you could try feeding him inside.

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    Those foil oven/BBq roasting pans, about 2 bucks from supermarkets should do the trick.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    You can buy plastic bowls cheaply from the reject shop and places like that, that have a ring like moat arround them that you put water in, to stop the ants... I would make sure you don't leave around... once he's eaten put the bowl away... you can try a powder trail around the water bowl... it is spose to stop the ants as they don't like the feel of the power on their feet...

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    I feed Batty indoors, he always finishes his meal in 15 mins. The cat is a different story....

    For puddy tat I have a shallow tray, filled with water and I rest his food bowl in that.

    There is another option though - Instead of doing all of the above, if you have a round metal bowl, like the one I've attached a photo of, it's easy enough just to put something underneath the centre part only so the lip doesn't contact the ground or anything else. The ants can't climb the stainless steel to get to the food, because they have to climb up the item on the ground, up the side of the metal bowl then back down again to climb around the lip, but they can't get any grip at all
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    We used to have the same problem, solved as mentioned above by creating a water barrier between the food and the ants.

    I did not know that you could get special bowls to solve this though which is great, good question.

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    Most pet shops selling steel feeders. Kinda look like a planeter box with sections for two stainless steel bowls. You can stand the four legs in a bowl of water. Wallah. No ants!

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    Thanks for all your suggestions guys.
    I feed him inside at night while we are there but in the morning has to be outside. He never eats food right away. he usually leaves it and picks bits at a time when he wants it. I dont know if he is fussy or just doesnt like eating so much? He didnt want anything to do with a meaty bone right away either until the ants had eaten most of the meat and I had washed them off lol.
    Will try the water trick and am going to try and hunt down the next and destroy.
    Thanks angela for that bowl suggestion but thats the exact bowl I already have! they stll manage to get in somehow lol.

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