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DEAR HELOISE: I have some hints on how to put to­gether a dis­as­ter emergency kit. This sea­son has been rough, with flood­ing, hur­ri­canes and fires. Here are some items we keep on hand for these sit­u­a­tions:

≤ Bat­ter­ies, flash­light, ra­dio, cell­phone and an ex­tra cell­phone charger.

≤ Bot­tled water, canned food and a can opener.

≤ Tool­kit and first-aid kit. ≤ Blan­kets and ex­tra clothes to layer on.

If we lose elec­tric­ity in a storm, we con­sume foods in the re­frig­er­a­tor first, but keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as pos­si­ble. We fol­low di­rec­tions from me­dia out­lets as they be­come avail­able.

— Don M., Seguin, Texas IT’S AL­WAYS SMART to be pre­pared. Thanks for writ­ing in.

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: Tiny “ghost ants” were en­ter­ing my home by com­ing un­der the slid­ing glass doors. Now, once a month, I spray vine­gar on the track. Presto — no more ants!

— Buddy N., The Vil­lages, Fla. GIVE ALL MY friends in The Vil­lages a big Heloise hello! I’m all for safe, non­toxic house­hold so­lu­tions, and vine­gar is a great one! It’s also cheap and read­ily avail­able. Want more uses for vine­gar? Visit www.heloise.com to or­der, or send a stamped (70 cents), self-ad­dressed, busi­ness-size en­ve­lope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Vine­gar, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 782795001. La­bel all home­made clean­ing/con­coc­tion bot­tles clearly.

— Heloise And here’s another let­ter about prob­lems with ants:

DEAR HELOISE: I have an ant prob­lem in my kitchen. How do I get rid of them with­out hir­ing an ex­ter­mi­na­tor? Love your col­umn in the Staten Is­land Ad­vance!

— Suzanne L., Staten Is­land, N.Y. SUZANNE, THERE ARE some sim­ple things you can do. First, if you can, find the nest and pour about 3 gal­lons of boil­ing water, mixed with one le­mon cut into quar­ters (skin and all), down the cen­ter of the mound.

Make sure your kitchen coun­ters/ sinks/floors never have food of any kind on them and are al­ways dry; ants will search for water. Wash the coun­ters or any area where ants come in with a 50/50 so­lu­tion of vine­gar and water. This will erase the scent trail ants use to re­turn to food.

— Heloise DEAR READ­ERS: The boss might not like this, but it’s a fact: Tak­ing breaks through­out your work­day can in­crease your pro­duc­tiv­ity.

You need to rest your eyes from your com­puter — this will help with stress headaches, too. A walk around, if it’s feasible, will al­low you to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Tak­ing breaks helps you ac­com­plish more at work, and that should please the boss!

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: My hint is sim­ple: I don’t worry about things I can’t con­trol. This mind­set has given me free­dom!

— An­nal­isa G. in New York Copy­right 2017

King Fea­tures Syndicate Inc.

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