Can ants eat my dog
Is ant poison dangerous for dogs?
Ant poison is one way to get the insects out of the house. But what to do if there are dogs in the house?
Is laying out ant poison really advisable when you have a dog? Because there is a great risk that your dog will eat the poison bait.
In addition, ants are extremely useful insects. Scientists find them extremely interesting because of their teamwork. The small, hardworking creatures also improve our environment sustainably.
For example, ants spread the seeds of plants, rearrange soil and help break down plant material. In addition, they eat and fight harmful insects and thus regulate their occurrence.
All of this is reason enough to protect the little fellows as much as possible.
However, if ants get into the apartment or house, they can become very uncomfortable. And it will be very difficult to get rid of them.
My dog ate ant poison, what to do?
Basically, most ant poisons are only really dangerous for dogs in large quantities.
Even so, you shouldn't use toxins around pets. This also applies, for example, to chemical agents such as lawn fertilizers.
If your dog has eaten ant poison, see the vet immediately. As an immediate measure, activated charcoal can bind large amounts of poison.
Be sure to bring the rest of the ant poison and packaging with you to the vet. There doctors can find the exact information about the poison and can administer specific antidotes.
Ant venom comes in different varieties
Ant poisons are commercially available in a wide variety of forms. The active ingredients also vary.
Common ant poisons are available as:
- Bait boxes
The bait boxes are particularly popular for use in living areas. These cans are positioned directly on the ant route. The ants crawl in, absorb the active ingredient and carry the poison into the nest.
There they feed the brood and the queen with the poison. The ants are dying.
Other options are gel, grit or spray. They are also applied in the area of the ant trails and cause the death of the animals.
But is that what you really want?
Active ingredients that are used in ant poison:
This active ingredient is an insecticide that has a very wide range of effects. It is on the market as a contact and food poison. Permethrin is also used against pests in veterinary medicine. It is found in remedies against fleas.
The substance Imidacloprid has been used as a pesticide since 1985 and is now one of the best-selling synthetic insecticides worldwide.
Fipronil is an insecticide that acts as a contact poison. The active ingredient hit the headlines in 2017 when chicken eggs contaminated with fipronil landed on supermarket shelves. Fipronil is not approved as an insecticide for animals used for food production.
Etofenprox is approved in the EU as an insecticide and crop protection product.
Pyrethrum is a natural insect repellent and was already known to the Romans. It is made from dried daisy flowers. As a contact poison, pyrethrum is effective against fleas, head lice, ants, cockroaches and mosquitoes.
- Tetramethrin / cypermethrin
This active ingredient works against hygiene pests and is no longer allowed in the EU.
The dose makes the poison
All of these toxins can severely irritate the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and digestive organs. Incidentally, this also applies to humans.
If you not only have a dog but also a cat, then you absolutely have to avoid the active ingredient permethrin. It is life-threatening for cats.
Spot-on products or parasite tapes for dogs are also really only allowed to be used for dogs and never for cats.
In addition to the negative effects on living beings, it should never be forgotten that all these substances also have a serious impact on the environment.
Since ants are really useful and therefore worth protecting living beings, you should definitely resort to harmless home remedies before using poison.
Please understand if we do not want to recommend ant poison to you.
A good and completely harmless remedy is vinegar. Spray it diluted on the ant trail. The ants then lose their orientation and look for new paths.
Tea tree oil also works. Chalk painted on the floor keeps the animals away from objects.
The following applies to every defense measure against ants: Make sure that you do not attract the ants with leftover food and sweets.
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