You'll be traveling more during the summer months. Make sure each of your vehicles is equipped with possible necessities. Stock it with paper towels, a first-aid kit, an auto-fire extinguisher, duct tape, a flat-repair kit, bungee cords, and a bag filled with flares, jumper cables, and other necessities. Also consider packing a messenger bag with bottled water and granola bars in case of a breakdown.
To avoid a household of unwanted guests who come looking for food and water, make a nontoxic, homemade repellent.
Pour equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, and shake to mix. Then spritz the solution in water-resistant areas where ants are common, such as kitchen floors or the crevices in painted baseboards from which the pests often enter. You can also use the repellent outside, spraying patios, porches, and picnic tables before family and friends gather.
This chore should be a breeze if you first drill several half-inch holes in the bottom of the can. The drainage holes will allow you to hose down the insides of the barrel without having to dump out the dirty water; this will also prevent rainwater from collecting. Rinse with a hose, scrub interiors with water and biodegradable dish soap, rinse, and dry in the sun.
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