Keeping Flies Out of Pet Food Outside?

I need to leave some dry cat food outside. How can I keep the flies away? I've never had this problem in prior years.


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February 27, 20171 found this helpful

More worrying than flies, leaving opened cat food and such can invite vermin or racoons, so you may want to keep it all sealed in a metal trash can with a rock on top of it so that nothing can upset the lid.

Aside from that, a bowl of vinegar can often attract, then kill flies

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Hang up a ziplock bag with water.

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July 5, 20181 found this helpful

I tried the baggie with water just about 30 minutes ago. I put down my cats fresh food and water then walked across the yard to feed the stray and when I came back about 3 minutes later his bowl was full of flies.


And it doesnt really matter if its wet or dry food. I feed my cat both and the flies swarm around both of them equally. If anyone finds a working solution I'd love to hear it.

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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

I have been feeding feral kitties for a while and have had the same problem with flies. Putting the food bowl in front of a blowing fan helps to deter many of the flies. However, some of the cats were scared of the fan at first. Eventually my kitties got use to the fan and even began lounging around it on very hot days.

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July 8, 20190 found this helpful

Did this, not working...

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July 28, 20200 found this helpful

I have a fan outside it doesnt keep the flies away, if its not the flies on wet food its hundreds of ants that are in the dry food, yes the dishes are picked up after food is eaten

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September 7, 20201 found this helpful

A food dish cat or dog with corner feet or some kind of lip and wipe vegetable oil or any cooking oil all around the sides and edges and the ants will stay away.

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September 28, 20201 found this helpful

If you are still having trouble with ants getting into the dry food, set the food bowl inside of another larger bowl and fill that bowl with some water. Ants will not cross the water and will leave the food alone.

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April 8, 20210 found this helpful

For ants I also spray ant killer in a fine line on the ground around the bowl. I find this works but this summer I will also try the water method.. I bought 2 frisbees and will put the water in them and set the dish of food in the middle.


For flies I have tried everything. Nothing works.
I go away weekends in the summer and my friend feeds the 2 outdoor cats twice a day. I cant expect her to wait around until they finish eating as it takes them a while so any other remedies would be appreciated.

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June 2, 20210 found this helpful

To keep ants/snails/slugs out of bowl of dry food: I put dry food in a bowl with 2 inch sides. Then put this bowl in a soup bowl that is 2 inches wider and 1 inch high, and I fill the soup bowl with water. Ants snails/flugs cannot cross water to get to cat food bowl.

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July 5, 20211 found this helpful

Keeping its way its easy you just want to take a bigger bowl and put water in it and then put the bowl that youre putting the food in in the bowl with water that way the water is a barrier and the ants wont cross it

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