Asked on Sep 09, 2017

How to get rid of ants in a bag of dog food kibble

Diana Roque
by Diana Roque
  13 answers
  • GQ GQ on Sep 09, 2017

    Ants don't light heat. Lay out a large sheet of plastic, spread the kibble on there and leave out under the hot sun for a few hours until the ants are gone.

  • GQ GQ on Sep 09, 2017

    light = like

  • Toss the bag of food immediately. Never feed pets contaminated food. When you replace, also purchase a container or two that has an airtight seal. Then find out where the ants are entering your home and take steps to prevent from a repeat performance.

    • Susan Susan on Sep 10, 2017

      you can pour it out onto concrete driveway or porch - AWAY from house - using a broom to move it around, sweeping ants away and also lure the ants away from it - with cornmeal -duhhh --

      shake the dog food inside a mesh bag or thru a strainer etc. to knock off any remaining ants... no sense wasting money by tossing it !!

      - you can also add DE (diatomaceous earth) - sprinkle@ 2 Tablespoons per pound of food and mix well - put the cleaned, dog food with DE on it into a sealed container to keep out any more ants, bugs.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 09, 2017

    The ants are there because they are finding food. You need to find where they are coming in. Cornmeal will kill any ant colony. Put the cornmeal where you find a trail of ants coming and going. You could also put the cornmeal in the dog food. It won't hurt the dogs if a little of it mixes in for your dogs to eat. We use Jiffy because it is sweet and the ants are attracted to anything sweet. They will take it back to the queen and other ants and it will kill the colony. Keep using until there are no ants getting in the food. Usually when I put out cornmeal for ants getting in our potted plants or building a new colony, it takes about 2 or 3 days until they stop coming. Reapply if needed. The colony may be very large if they have had access to abundant food like dog food.

  • Susan Susan on Sep 10, 2017

    Cornmeal Plus Poison

    Cornmeal plus a little bit of ant poison is another story entirely. Mix cornmeal with a slow-acting liquid insecticide or boric acid to make a paste. Slow-acting insecticides are the most effective way of controlling ants, according to the Colorado State University Extension. Choose one made specifically for ants for best results, and add it a little at a time to the cornmeal until you have a thick paste.

    Why It Works

    Worker ants only feed on liquids. They take solid food back to the nests, where it is given to larvae. Then, the larvae convert it to liquid and feed it back to the worker ants. Straight boric acid or insecticide will kill ants, but the worker ants will eat it rather than taking it back to the nest because it is in liquid form. Making a paste ensures the poison will get to the nest. You may also lay a trail of straight cornmeal to lure the ants to the poison.

    Method of Killing

    Spread the love -- and the poison. Dab the paste where you have seen ants. Protect your hands with gloves and wash them when you are done. Make sure the paste is not accessible to children or pets.

    You may wish to enclose it in an ant trap just to make sure little hands or paws can't reach it. Also dab the paste around entrances to your home, windows or other cracks where you have seen ants. Be sure you clean up the poison once you notice that ants are no longer invading your home.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 11, 2017

    Through it out! EJL.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 11, 2017

    Throw it out, ng no good, your dog might get sick. EJL.

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    • Jodi Jodi on Jul 21, 2022

      I know this is an old thread, but i wanted to correct this statement. Eating ants will not hurt your dog. Its added protein and vitamin c.

  • Jo Ann F Schweitzer Jo Ann F Schweitzer on Sep 11, 2017

    Get rid of the ants, but throw away the dog food. Dispose of it outdoors in a field or woods so it's not wasted. Someone will like it AND the ants in it!

  • Gracie Gracie on Sep 11, 2017

    Toss it and get a container with a lid to store your dog's food.

  • SandyG SandyG on Sep 11, 2017

    Dry Food . Diatomaceous Earth

    Method One and Done:

    This method also helps deter insects that may be infesting your pet's food supply (ants, weevils, beetles, flies).

    Step 1:Take note of the number of servings in the bag of dog food.

    Step 2:Multiply the appropriate DE dosage by the number of servings. Add that amount of DE to the bag of dog food and shake the bag to distribute it evenly.

    The DE will absorb the scent of the dog food and be almost indistinguishable from it allowing your dog to enjoy their food.

  • LLoyd LLoyd on Dec 01, 2022

    Diatomaceous Earth Australia

    Hi Diana, best to get rid of the ants completely, no doubt they will keep returning.

    As Sandy suggested there may be other insects that can contaminate the food. DE is a great way to get rid of pests around the home. If you add a bit of DE to the food this will get rid of the ants and also clean the internal worms from your dog. What I also did was transfer my dogs food into a sealed container keeping it fresh, dry and safe from contamination. Hope this helps, good luck.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2022

    I wouldn't feed my dogs food that bugs have been crawling around in. Not worth saving a few dollars.