Dear Heloise: Here in the South, we wage war with pesky FIRE ANTS every summer. I can usually see their hills when I mow grass but found that I had a hard time finding them again later when I went back to treat the mounds.
Now, as I mow, when I spot a mound I just toss a bright-colored plastic yarn cone near it. I keep several stacked on a handle on my mower, where they stay put.
They stand out on the lawn, and I can go right to the mound when I am spreading ant bait. -- Bob Rollings, Jefferson, S.C.
Your hint and photo are both winners in the Heloise book! -- Heloise.
Dear Heloise: My helpful hint is as follows: My washer and dryer are located in the garage with a vent to the outside for the dryer. I occasionally get out my leaf blower, open up the lint-trap door (remove the lint trap -- H) and proceed to blow at full speed. It does a credible job of getting rid of all hidden pockets of lint.
Of course, if your dryer is located in the house (with no outside vent), this would probably not be workable -- Harris Ault, Sacramento, Calif.
Note: Please make sure you don't blow any of the vent system apart! This warning is from my husband, David, a licensed plumber.
Dear Heloise: This hint might be of help to many in this drought-stricken area.
I have found it helpful to keep two half-gallon milk cartons at my kitchen sink, and when I need hot water, instead of letting the water run down the sink waiting for it to get warm, I catch it in one of the jugs.
I take them out and pour the water on my outdoor plants and flowers. How many times a day do you let water run waiting for it to get warm?
I have found it takes about a gallon each time, and if you do this several times a day ... well, you not only save water, but your water bill as well. -- Wanda Cory, Abilene, Texas
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