Ants are fascinating little creatures. They work together in huge colonies towards a common goal. They build extensive networks of underground tunnels. They embody teamwork, diligence, strength… but not so much when you find them in your home!
Ants- Oh no!
These unwelcomed guests are unsightly and unsanitary, especially when found in the kitchen. A common method of stealthy elimination is by putting down traps which either kill the ants on contact or delay death up to 2 days after consumption of a lethal poison. The latter method encourages the ants to bring the seemingly safe substance back to the colony to share with fellow workers and queen. Modern ant warfare is undeniably brutal; traps are set in inconspicuous areas and use a sweet or tasty ingredient to lure the insects in.
Ant trap attraction
Unfortunately, a curious pup or dog looking for a snack may also be drawn to the interesting aroma of the bait. Now you have a dog who has eaten an ant trap! What should you do? Most ant traps won’t contain enough insecticide to cause serious harm to your dog but, with the variety of ant traps on the market, it is best to be prepared for a potential adverse health reaction.
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What do I do if my dog ate an ant trap?
Are ant traps poisonous to dogs?
You might be wondering whether the ingredients in ant traps are poisonous to dogs, but this is a hard question to answer. Brands of ant traps have different ingredients at different concentrations. Spinosad is a common ingredient in ant traps – this drug is actually used as a flea treatment so it is safe for dogs in some doses. The same goes for avermectin, although this one can be a problem for certain breeds. Indoxacarb, the active ingredient in ‘Hot Shot’ baits, has been shown to cause symptoms in dogs. In other words, the ingredients in ant traps are poisonous to ants, and can cause symptoms in dogs, in high enough amounts. But the best thing to do is to take the guesswork out of it and ask the professionals at the Pet Poison Helpline for their advice.
With this list, you’ll know what to do the next time you find an ant trap has been used as a chew toy. But it’s much easier to prevent your dog from getting hold of ant traps. Keep them well out of reach, and ideally locked away.
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- Ants- Oh no!
- Ant trap attraction
- What do I do if my dog ate an ant trap?
- 1. Check that your dog is alert and bright-looking.
- 2. Pay special attention to your dog’s mouth.
- 3. Contact your local Pet Poisoning Helpline.
- 4. Have your dog’s information on hand.
- 5. Continue to monitor your dog.
- 6. Remove all ant traps from your dog’s reach in the home.
- 7. Choose dog-safe methods of keeping your home ant-free.
- Are ant traps poisonous to dogs?