Place pet dishes in a moat of water.
This protects the food from various invaders.
Store firewood outside your home.
Ants and/or beetles may come in along with your firewood.
Apply a sticky barrier under the lip of kitchen garbage pails (petroleum jelly).
This stops ants and other crawling insects from feeding on your waste.
Be sure to trim the trees around your home.
Many pests including ants and roaches gain access to your home by way of limbs touching the house.
Remove old newspapers, boxes and other clutter in kitchens and bathrooms.
This eliminates harborage areas for insects such as silverfish, mites, and roaches.
Eliminate wood to ground contact.
This is the perfect home for termites and quite an easily accessed area. Choose termite-resistant wood for fences/other structures that must contact soil.
Be sure to quickly clean up grease and all other spills.
This eliminates the creation of a food source for thousands of insects.
Create at least a 2-ft. space between shrubs and buildings.
This eliminates the an entry way for insects to invade your home.
Do not attempt to use gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oil, bleach, household cleaners, or other home remedies to combat fire ants.
These products are generally ineffective, can cause serious damage, and are harmful to the environment.