Ants are in season here in NM. The ants get excited about cat food left out. We tried feeding the cats at meal times then picking up the bowl and we tried putting their bowl in strange places. The ants were not deceived. Both techniques were also inconvenient for us. Finally we decided to try what we have come to call the "bowl in bowl" method. We take a large bowl and put a little bit of soapy water in it. Then we place a smaller cat food bowl inside of it. The ants cannot get to the cat food inner bowl without drowning in the outer bowl. It works and the ants have disappeared. We won!