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To reduce ants indoors, the cat food bowl can be smeared with a thin band of petroleum jelly at its base to keep ants from gaining access to it. NEVER feed pets outside. Spray plants with a strong stream of water to knock aphids off. In spring, trap gypsy moth caterpillars by wrapping burlap around trunk of tree. Destroy caterpillars from this shelter every afternoon. To reduce ants on trees and plants, put a sticky barrier such as teflon tape. (Ants are usually protecting the aphids because they like to eat something called "honeydew" which the aphids produce.) In vegetable gardens, put netting ("floating row covers") over vegetables to reduce egg-laying by insects. Floating row covers consisting of lightweight, fine-meshed fabric can be loosely draped over crop rows and anchored to the soil at the edges. The small mesh size excludes nearly all insects the size of aphids ...

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