One of the places you may be tempted to keep your pet bird is in the kitchen. The kitchen is a high traffic area where it will have company day and night. The floor is more likely not to be carpet in case of spills, which makes it easier to sweep up food scattered, thrown or dropped out of the cage and mop water from a bird bath.
The kitchen is also more susceptible for attack by ants. The ants are drawn to food spills and food left out. Ants are clever and will come through any crack they can find to get into the kitchen for food. They’ll even come in through the sink. This makes the kitchen less of a safe place to put a bird but rather unsafe putting it in a danger zone.
At first you may see an occasional ant. The occasional ant can quickly turn into two, three and soon a trail. If ants don’t find any food outside of being in or around the cage the ants won’t mind taking food from your bird. Seed spilled outside of the cage will rapidly & repetitiously be carried off by the ants but they won’t stop there. The ants will make a trail into the cage where they will continue taking seed and if your bird can’t get out of the way or is in the way the ants will sting your bird to death.
An ant attack on a bird happens quickly with the outcome being fatality or illness if the bird is rescued in time. Imagine the attack of fire ants on a baby bird. It doesn’t take long for the baby to be stung to death.
The ants will go after any food that is around or in your bird’s cage. If ants start getting into the cage you’ll have to move quickly. Knock any ants off the cage and eliminate them. Change the shavings or paper in the cage and change the seed in case ants are hiding in them. Visibly check the cage for ants and get rid of them. Anything that has ants on it remove it from the cage and shake it off outside just be sure your bird won’t be flying out the door when you open it to go outside and then again when you come back in. You may want to put your bird in another room, close the doors, while someone sits with it.
It’s a good idea to have a backup cage or two cages. You can put the bird in the backup cage and sit it in another room while taking care of the ant problem in the current cage.
Keep your bird in another room while eliminating the ants. It’s wise to keep your bird out of the kitchen in another room for at least a week or more to make sure the bird is safe from any toxins used to get rid of the ants and to make sure the ants are completely gone and aren’t returning.
To eliminate the ants set out plenty of ant bait. Do not put ant bait in the birdcage. Setting out corn meal with a small dish of water is said to kill ants. If you spray keep your bird out of the room and ventilate the area, turn on a fan and crack a window. Anytime that you start to see ants go ahead and set out ant bait to avoid a bigger problem or a catastrophe.
If you have your bird in the kitchen, don’t leave greasy food sitting on a table, cabinets or on dirty plates in the sink. Put up the greasy food and wash those dirty greasy plates. Avoid giving birds potato chips or greasy foods, grease isn’t good for birds, that ants will go after unless you’re not going to leave it in the cage and are waiting until the bird is through with it or it’s a small enough portion the bird can eat it all.
Clean up any pieces that the bird drops and remove food dust that spills as the bird eats. The same should be applied to sugary foods in the kitchen. Ants love sugar to.