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My cat's food is filled with ants: should I throw it away or is there a method to remove them?

Throw it out. I think the bigger problem is getting rid of the ants in your house, the ants in the cat's food are only a symptom of this root issue. Ants are attracted to food smells, so try ...
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Is there a way of getting rid of ants that's safe for my cats?

When you need to leave food out for longer periods of time, you can put the food bowl in a pan of water so that the ants can't reach it. Of course the pan should be small enough that the cats can eat ...
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What mouse traps are pet safe?

I'd simply buy a live trap that won't kill the mouse. There are many different makes available, but in general it should be impossible for your cat to get hurt by them. As an added bonus, once ...
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How do I make sure my fish tank is safe after my apartment has been fumigated?

This is a tough one, because you haven't been given a lot of time. Most likely, the bug bombs will be using some combination of pyrethrins or pyrhethroids, which are some of the most common ...
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What are the pet health concerns with using diatomaceous earth as an insecticide?

Diatomaceous Earth is generally safe. The concerns with DE are that it can cause skin and lung irritation if the animal (or human) experiences prolonged exposure (for example, if you dust your house ...
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An exterminator is coming to my apartment. Should I do anything with my bird?

(After calling an avian vet to double check) Yes, the bird should be removed from the premises for at least 24 hours if possible. Upon returning, all surfaces that the bird regularly comes in contact ...
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Is there a way of getting rid of ants that's safe for my cats?

If your main priority is safety, one of the safest insecticides is a laundry detergent called Borax. It's carried by most grocery stores. It's often used as a wood treatment in crawlspaces, because ...
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Does eating garlic repel fleas?

Not sure about fleas, but it could well repel other humans – which might also be a good thing... In all seriousness, I would consider it unlikely for this to be effective on the basis that cat and dog ...
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Will fleas get back in my home if I wash them down the drain?

In the US, modern plumbing has a trap. A small amount of water stays in the trap to prevent sewer gases from entering the building. If a flea is washed down the drain but doesn't get pushed all of ...
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Found newborn puppy on the street. What should I do?

This is a difficult question. You are 14 and do not have parental approval to bring a pet into your home. A rescue or shelter is not option in your area. The little bugs are probably fleas, you can ...
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Does Revolution kill ticks?

Yes and No. Revolution (Selamectin) controls tick infestations only due to the American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis), a tick commonly found on dogs. There are other common species of ticks that ...
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Need help with snails in a betta tank

In my experience kuhli loach is not effective in any way at removing snails from a fish tank, no matter the number of loaches you have they will not remove the snails (even if you stop feeding the ...
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What are the best mosquito-controlling critters for a pond?

As far as I know, dragon-fly larvae feed with mosquito larvae, and dragon-fly adults feed with adult mosquitoes. Now, where do you get the dragon-flies from, is another question, which I cannot answer....
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Mouse problem, how can I attract a cat to the area?

Get a second cat. Cats do not like change, and that includes moving them to a new place outside their known territory. Taking your farm cat to your house may not be productive since she will need days ...
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How can I protect my chickens' eggs from snakes?

Here in south west Nigeria, I have lost so many turkeys brooding over their eggs as a result of snake attack. What I do now is to clear the surroundings of the nest and use a 6 yard (around 5.48 m) ...
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Is there any ant killer which is safe for my pets?

If you have a bad ant infestation, you need to call an exterminator to come out and treat the inside and outside of your house. Most of the chemicals will be pet safe after a certain amount of time. ...
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How can I check whether a room contain fleas?

Fleas are attracted to heat; that is how they sense potential animals to jump on and bite. One way to detect/remove fleas from an empty room, including fleas that haven't yet hatched, is to set up a ...
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What mouse traps are pet safe?

As the previous answer says you can buy live traps. They have them at many home improvement stores like this one at Lowes. They sell in many "no kill" or "pet safe" formats. Ive even seen a poison ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Yes germicidal bleach will kill flea eggs on hard surfaces and in laundry, but the trick with hard surfaces is getting into the nooks and crannies where you can't see. If you have tested a small ...
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Does Revolution kill ticks?

This post is several years old but I will update it to add that there is now Revolution Plus which includes an additional active ingredient specifically targeting ticks. This might already be common ...
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What are the best mosquito-controlling critters for a pond?

Any small fish except possibly goldfish/Koi. My Koi are confirmed vegetarians, never make any attempt to eat fish of any size. Guppies and gambusia are also called "mosquito fish" because of ...
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How can I protect my dog from Ancylostoma caninum?

Ancylostoma caninum is a type of parasite commonly known as hookworm. To understand how to get rid of them, we first need to understand their life cycle. Adult male and female hookworms mate in the ...
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Guppies and turtles together?

You can try guppies but chances are your turtles will eat them, however if you add enough plants for them to hide in they may survive. Another easy way is to just scoop out the larvae with a small ...
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What mouse traps are pet safe?

A very common thought that will come to mind when dealing with unwanted wild rodents in your dwelling are the very popular warfarin-like rodenticides (i.e. Rattax). Although I disagree a bit, but can'...
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My cat's food is filled with ants: should I throw it away or is there a method to remove them?

Ants got into a fairly new $50 bag of prescription food, and I'm in no financial position at this time to throw it out. I immediately poured the food into a zip loc bag, which killed the ants (...
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Is there a way of getting rid of ants that's safe for my cats?

Diatomaceous earth. It's perfectly safe for anyone or anything without a hard exoskeleton. People often use it to deworm their animals, especially back in the day, and will even eat it themselves for ...
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What are the pet health concerns with using diatomaceous earth as an insecticide?

We use DE around our kennel all the time. It does a great job of controlling all sorts of bugs including fleas and ticks. When a flea problem arises we dust the dogs with it (being careful to not let ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Fleas have a reproduction rate of 30 days. If you eradicate 1 generation the eggs may still survive. In order to prevent this you have to repeat the process of getting rid of them at least once after ...
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What are these critters in my tank?

You have copepods in your tank, the type is cyclops; be aware they often carry parasites like dinoflagellates. They are a good startup food for fish fry but have lower nutritional value than Daphnia (...
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How to get rid of worms in my tank?

I might be wrong on this, but it sounds to me like you have got mosquito larvae in your tank; if this is the case, they provide excellent food for any fish. If they are mosquito larvae, they will ...
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