Ants are explorers as they scavenge for food to bring back to their colony, which makes homes their number one target.
Households that have a nutrient source like crumbs, dog food, or water in an accessible location for ants to reach – these pests can crawl in under door frames and retrieve the food.
They’ll eat anything, but they do usually prefer food that is high in sugar.
When getting rid of these pests, instead of reaching for the toxic chemicals, Mrs Hinch fans have suggested combining a commonly used household ingredient with water – and that’s white vinegar.
Taking to Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It Facebook page, group member Fiona Miller asked: “What’s the best thing to get rid of ants? I’ve just found a bunch of them on my living room carpet.”
Not only is white vinegar an amazing cleaning agent, but it can also be used to get rid of ants, according to Mrs Hinch fans.
Stef Stimson said: “White vinegar in a spray bottle with water. I’ve found loads over the last few weeks.
“Since I’ve been spraying the white vinegar spray around where they’ve been seen it has wiped them out fast because I’ve found a lot less of them.”
Sarah Gauci wrote: “They don’t come back if you use white vinegar. I sprayed a vinegar and water solution all around my door windows and vents last year they still haven’t come back yet.”
Dylan Leigh Burkman said: “Vinegar works. We got them really bad in our kitchen last year and this cleared them up fast.”
Corinne Harrison wrote: “Empty a spray bottle, then add white vinegar and water. Spray where they are. It got rid of ours.”
Haley Thorn commented: “Use white vinegar. Find out where they are coming from and spray. That is what got rid of my ant problem in my house.”
Dianne Power replied: “White vinegar. It may smell bad but it works like a dream on ants.”
Pest control experts at Payne Pest Management also agreed that white vinegar can be used to get rid of ants.
They said: “Ants hate Vinegar. The smell of vinegar will cause them to stay away from it or permanently leave the house.
“Ants crawl in a straight line, marching towards the food sources. The vinegar solution will interfere with these pheromones, and the ants will get lost. Of course, ants will try to leave the place rather than get lost.”
White vinegar can be picked up for 29p at local supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Aldi.