Ants in the home can be an annoying and unhygienic issue, particularly when the pesky insects enter your kitchen.
During warm weather or periods of rain, they are more likely to come into your house.
They can cause damage to property and plants, as well as rendering food inedible.
However, there is one brilliant household solution to get rid of them: white vinegar.
A solution containing white vinegar is said to keep the pests at bay in your home.
According to Top 10 Home Remedies, you can get rid of ants using regular sprays of the white vinegar.
The site explains that the smell of the vinegar will drive ants away.
“White vinegar will also send an eviction notice to ants on your premises. They cannot bear its strong smell.
“In addition, the smell masks their scent trails, making them lose their direction.”
The website recommends a step by step guide to getting rid of ants using white vinegar.
It says to mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and fill a spray bottle with the solution.
Add essential oil (any) for a a stronger scent, then spray around “entry points” where ants might invade such as base boards.
You will then have to clean up the dead ants using a damp paper towel which should then be discarded in the bin.
This process can be repeated on a daily basis until the ants are gone.
Another type of ants you may find in the home is flying ants, which are said to have increased by 50 billion this year.
Flying ants are fertile male and female ants, whose sole purpose is to reproduce and start a new ant colony, they do this on ‘Flying Ant Day’.
So how to get rid of flying ants? One of the most simple and effective way to stop flying ants in their tracks is using any commercial aerosol.
Spray deodorant or hairspray onto the ant mid-flight, making sure you direct the nozzle towards the pest.
Another easy method to get rid of flying ants is using dishwashing liquid. Dishwashing liquid sticks to ants’ bodies and dehydrates them to death.
A solution can be made by mixing dishwashing liquid and water and decanting into a standard spray bottle. Spraying the ants mid-flight or when resting will stop them in their tracks.
Peppermint oil will also get rid of flying ants from your home, acting as a deterrent as ants and gnats are repulsed by the strong smell.