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6/22/12 7:28 A

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Thanks! Good suggestions. The cage is outside on a covered porch and I keep it in the middle of the porch so that the cats don't have anything to jump from (i.e., the table) onto the cage. There is nothing around the base and there is good air circulation.

The kittens are old enough to find homes, so one litter down (mama spayed yesterday!) and one litter to go (mama soon to be spayed).

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6/22/12 2:57 A

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I sprinkle Borax on the outside against the walls and window ledges-never noticed my dogs or any other animals interested in "eating" it but it is a killer where ants and tiny lice are concerned. Also cleaning cages and the rest with vinegar water is a great deterrent for all sorts..might even put the cats off-completely safe for the birds. Also I have noticed ants are attracted to moist/damp+warmth, make sure you don't encourage them-dry and ventilated is best....move stacked wood/boards or whatever far away from bird areas.

Hope these few tips are helpful, good luck!

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6/21/12 8:28 P

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you can try to put vicks vapor rub or petroleum jelly on the cage legs. I would not use traps or anything. When I lived in Florida I used to buy a product call bug stop at walmart and I sprayed it around the base boards. It stinks and I would leave the windows open until it cleared out of the air. We never had and fleas and very few roaches. (palmetto bugs ) Think it kills ants too.
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6/21/12 2:26 P

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I have 2 parakeets in a flight cage. Because I now have several cats, I had to move the birds out onto my porch since the cats relentlessly harrassed the birds in the house by jumping and climbing on the cage. The cats have access to the porch but for some reason they are not as interested in the caged birds - probably because there is so much more going on in the backyard.

Living in South Florida we have a lot of bugs. I am noticing that the food dishes are getting invaded with tiny, fast moving ants - I think people call them sugar ants or ghost ants. I am at a loss about what to do. The cage sits on a stand that has rollers. I have thought to wet a rag with bug spray and wipe the legs of the cage as long as I keep it off of the actual bars, but I am concerned because I do have a couple of litters of kittens in the house (another problem that I am addressing with trapping and spaying). I am worried that the cats and/or kittens may get exposed to the pesticide and get sick.

Are there any products out on the market for this problem, or does anyone have any suggestions about what to do?

-Carolyn

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