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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Driveway

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    LESLIE: Now we’ve got William in Massachusetts on the line who’s dealing with ants in the driveway. What’s going on, William?

    WILLIAM: Yeah. These ants are pushing up dirt and making mounds in their track. I feel as though they’re weakening that area, you know?

    TOM: Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about them weakening the driveway, William. It’s probably more of an annoyance to you than anything else. They can’t push away so much dirt that it’s going to undermine your driveway.

    But if you want to just get rid of the ants, you could use a multi-insect killer: a product like Bayer. Bayer has an advanced garden multi-insect killer product or something like that to get rid of those mounds. But I don’t think you have any structural concerns as a result of ant mounds in your driveway.

    WILLIAM: Also, how can I prevent the grass from growing in between those cracks?

    TOM: Ah, how can you prevent the grass? Yes, that’s another trick. And what you want to use for that is Roundup. You spray the Roundup and you get it on any part of the grass and it’ll go down and kill it at the root. But here’s the thing: be very careful at the edge of the driveway where it’s near the lawn. If you get any overspray, it’ll kill your lawn, too.

    A little trick of the trade is to take a half-liter bottle – like a soda bottle or something like that – and cut out the – cut off the top – the nozzle part – and cut off the bottom and use it as a funnel so that you cover the actual grass you’re trying to kill. And then spray down through the top, into that and that controls the flow so you won’t get any drift-off into the rest of the yard.

    WILLIAM: Wow. OK, that’s great. You’ve been very helpful. Thanks.

    TOM: Alright, William. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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