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Get Rid of Ants Without Hurting Your Pet Cats

Rogue cat lover. I rescued 2 kittens and learn by my teeny mistakes. Fortunately, they guide me with compassion for my human limitations.


Ants crawling.

Ants crawling.

Ants Belong Out, Not In

Ants have an entire world to inhabit outside my home. They are not welcome inside it. Ants inside is not the proper order of things. Those are the house rules.

Unfortunately, a few obstreperous insects try to test me on my policy. The challenge is to quickly and efficiently remove them without risking the health of my very curious and busy pets.

Keep this Mixture Away from Cats

Many blogs and websites describe the extermination properties of various solutions or mixtures containing a food lure plus Borax. In these articles, there is frequent mention that Boric acid and Borax are toxic to ants but also to cats (and to other little living beings.)

I want to emphasize it:


One of My Precious Cats

One of my curious cats, Skeeter.

One of my curious cats, Skeeter.

The Recipe

Since you are being extremely judicious about placing the lure-bait-poison, you do not need pints of the solution. This small amount should be adequate.

Mix together in a heat-proof container (Pyrex measuring cup works very well):

1/4 cup (2 ounces) boiling water

1 Tablespoon white table sugar

1/2 teaspoon Borax powder

Stir until the powders are completely dissolved and the solution looks clear.

The Ant-Killing Potion

Boiling water.

Boiling water.

White table sugar, borax powder, and a Pyrex measuring cup for mixing with the boiling water.

White table sugar, borax powder, and a Pyrex measuring cup for mixing with the boiling water.

The Procedure for Making the Ant Exterminator

First, decide on locations to put the Borax ant-killing solution. Move them to the side to be ready to place the paper towels.

Second, get as many paper towels as you need and fold them into small squares or rectangles.

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Third, make the recipe as described above.

Fourth, for each location - go to it with the container of ant-killer liquid plus one folded paper towel. Dip the towel into the container just enough to absorb solution - it need not be drippingly wet. Place it. Cover it with the appliance or heavy item. Immediately clean are around to prevent possible small traces of toxic material to remain accessiable to your beloved pet.

Fifth, discard any leftover Borax solution and immediately wash all containers, spoons, and contaminated items so that your cats do not jump into the sink and lick them.

Borax Powder

Choose Safe Locations Inaccessible to Paws

You want to find spots to leave ant-killing chemicals near the ant sightings, but where not even one whisker or one paw can touch.

Find low, heavy items with only one-quarter to one-half an inch (1 cm) clearance underneath. You will place a small square of folded up paper towel soaked in the ant-killing solution underneath them. I recommend a piece of paper towel about 2 inches by 2 inches (5 cm by 5 cm.) After placing the treated paper towel and covering it with the appliance or item, carefully clean the adjacent surface just in case a drop of the solution fell in a cat-accessible spot while you were placing the towel.

Also, keep monitoring the sites for unusual interest by your cats. If they are poking around a location with any chance of getting to the ant-killing paper, remove it and thoroughly clean every trace of the toxic material. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Under the Microwave Oven - Unreachable by Pets

A location for the ant killing solution.

A location for the ant killing solution.


After treating just a few spots in my kitchen, the ants disappeared. My cats were not drawn to the areas and all is well.

I wish you every success, and remember to be diligent about the safety and health of your precious kitties.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2014 Maren Elizabeth Morgan


Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on June 25, 2014:

I am also knocking on wood for you, Peggy W!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2014:

We have never had ants inside of our home (knock on wood!) but this is good information to know just in case it ever happens. Pinning this to my Useful Tips and Ideas board. Thanks!

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on June 22, 2014:

Thanks, AliciaC. There is much to consider when little people and little animals live in the house!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2014:

Thanks for creating this hub. I hate to think of cats being hurt when their owners are trying to destroy ants. An ant invasion is annoying, but people need to think of pet (and child) safety before they try to deal with the problem. Sharing your technique for removing the insects is very helpful.

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