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Keeping Ants and Other Insects Out of Your Home

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Highlights:

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Tools & Materials

Caulk
Caulk gun
Steel wool
Screwdriver
Dollar bill
Gravel
Sand
Polymeric sand
Broom
Garden hose
Water
Insect spray

Tips for Protecting Your Home from Insects

TIP: Keep ants and other insects out of your home with these proactive steps.

1.Caulk exterior cracks and gaps.

2. Stuff steel wool in small openings around pipes and wiring.

3. Test doors and windows by shutting them on dollar bill; if it pulls out easily, seals need replacing.

4. Rake leaves away from foundation.

5. To keep ants out of stone walks and patios, dig new footing.

6. Lay base of gravel and sand.

7. Place flagstones closely together.

8. Sweep polymeric sand into joints.

TIP: Seal polymeric sand with light spray of water.

9. Create perimeter of protection around home.

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