Dear Heloise: Please keep reminding people not to use metal bowls for their pets’ water bowls as they contain a lot of heat in warm weather. Also, remind them to keep the water bowls in shady places so the sun doesn’t heat them up during the day.
Also, they can take a pie plate, fill it with water, and then place a smaller bowl of food inside. That way the ants can’t get to it. I love your column and have read it for many years. Keep up the good work and thank you for your wonderful tips. — Shirley B., West Hills, California