How can I store an open bag of dog food so ants don't get in?

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Brand new 40# bag of expensive dog food. Not put into container and left open allowed ants to invade. Can I kill or remove ants & save dog food?

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  • Gk Gk on Jul 20, 2019

    I would throw the dog food away. Unfortunate that it wasn't in a sealed container especially since it's expensive dog food. Lesson learned. Sometimes that's hard to take.

  • Rymea Rymea on Jul 20, 2019

    Just guessing that the ants in the food will leave the bag and return to their nest. You just have to find a way to keep new ones from entering the bag. Maybe move the bag often. Spray their trail in but don't spray it near the bag.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 20, 2019

    Judith: If you suspect the ants came WITH the dog food, you can take it back to the store. Otherwise, it's best to throw it out...


    Start with a fresh bag and put into a sealed container.

  • Dump the food, nothing you can do will be safe. Not worth the vet bills and illness inflicted upon the dog. Expensive to replace dog food, but the alternative is far more costly.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jul 22, 2019

    I use an old Christmas popcorn container for pet food. You can read about it here... https://www.homeroad.net/2018/01/recycled-dry-dog-food-container.html

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jul 23, 2019

    I would throw it out. I wouldnt want to eat buggy food.

  • Jamie Andrick Jamie Andrick on Apr 04, 2021

    Ants indicate that your expensive dog food is full of sugar, either by way of sugar itself or high glycemic foods such as rice, potatoes, yams, etc. Our vet advised us to keep kibble in its own bag, after 7 days mold can grow if exposed to the air. We just feed our dogs a balanced raw diet now. They are so much healthier now.