DIY Anti-Ant Dog Bowl




This Instructable will teach you how to make your pet's bowl ant proof.

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Step 1: Materials

The materials you will need for this instructable are:

1x Wood that is bigger than the bowl

2x Small pieces of wood the bowl will stand on

Some Velcro

1x or 2x Cardboard glue traps (These are the ones I used:


Something to cut your wood with if its not already cut to size

Step 2: Cut Out the Main Square

All you need to do in this step is to cut your wood just a little bigger than however your pet's bowl is. Our wood was a 10 in square

Step 3: The Bowl Supports

In this step you will need to make supports that your bowl will stand on once it has Velcro on it. I recommend making them smaller as seen in the second picture because it will provide more area for the glue trap. The size of these will depend on your bowl because if you have a very large bowl you might need four supports instead of two. Make sure your supports are in the center of the bowl so that the glue trap can go on the outside of the supports.

Step 4: Attaching the Supports

Now you will need to screw the supports into the wood planks. I would recommend countersinking the screws because it will make the Velcro much easier to work with. Then just place the Velcro on the supports and another piece on the bowl

Step 5: Making the Glue Trap

This is where your glue traps come in. You should start by laying out the glue traps under the bowl flat as seen in the second picture. You should make the mark as the circumference around the bowl but know that you should make it a little smaller than the bowl so that it is not a hazard for your pet. Now if you are smart about your cuts you can probably use only one glue trap if you are careful (depending on the size of the bowl). Then place the traps in the fashion of the bowl you are using (mine was a circle) and glue them to the board just to make sure the glue traps won't come off accidentally. Do not glue them too hard because once they are dirty and gross you should probably replace them with new ones

Step 6: You're Done!

This is what it should look like when you are done. Now none of those pesky ants will get in your pet's food.

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    3 years ago

    I have a far simpler method that works wonderfully: pour a little oil (the cheapest you can find in the supermarket will do, I'm using seed oil) on a kitchen paper towel and rub it all around the sides of your smooth feeding bowl (this obviously won't work if the bowl's material is porous).

    If this is a bowl for dry food it can last for weeks if you only clean the interior carefully. Otherwise just reapply every time after cleaning. It takes literally 15 seconds and hardly costs anything. I guarantee not one single ant can walk past that and you don't have to kill them or watch the bodies accumulate anywhere.


    3 years ago

    All I really did to get rid of ants was put the food bowl in a paper playe with water in it. Worked perfectly! Still this is a good creative wayto get rud of them.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    That's what I did. It works better than wood.


    3 years ago

    that would work. When i moved into a new place and had ants at my dogs bowl . I just took 2 inch wide double sided tape and wrapped it around the base of the bowl. then later used googone to remove it.


    3 years ago

    Smearing white lithium grease (food safe, used to lubricate kitchen machinery) under the outside lip of the bowl keeps the little buggers from getting a grip, and the fall off before they get in.


    3 years ago

    This is a great idea. Would it it work if I made short legs and put the glue trap underneath of the whole thing?