Ant-Proof Pet Food Dishes
In the summertime, a favorite destination for ants is often a pet's food bowl. Here's a simple way to keep them out of your dog or cat's food?set the dish in a pan of water. Not only does it keep the ants out of the pet food, but your pet can take a gulp of water from the pan whenever he or she needs a drink. Keep the rest of your home clear of ants, too.
Use a plastic storage bin for a dog house. A nice little doghouse that will hold up in the rain can cost $100 (though dog carpenters can cut down on labor costs). But you can make your own for a fraction of the price using a plastic storage bin. Cut a small hole in the bin, flip it over on its lid and stick a dog bed inside it. Your dog will love watching the rain from inside his snug little house, and you'll save $85! Don't be surprised if your cat likes it so much you'll have to make one for her too.