Ants can be stopped from entering your home with this cheap kitchen cupboard item

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Ants, much like rats, are a common household pest attracted to food. Despite their small size - typically half the length of a paper clip - a large infestation, known as an army or colony, can be a significant nuisance. Not only are they unsightly, but monomorium ants can also carry pathogenic bacteria harmful to humans, and the pharaoh ant is linked to asthma and respiratory allergies.

While there are numerous ant-killing solutions available, they often contain toxic chemicals and may not be the most cost-effective option. However, pest control experts at Flytech Pest Control Solutions have revealed a staple kitchen ingredient that can repel ants "for good" and prevent them from entering homes.

Although "it won't kill ants", the experts stated that white vinegar was considered an "effective natural ant repellent", reports the Express. They further explained: "Ants hate the smell of vinegar, so they will avoid it where possible. Diluting white vinegar with water can be a simple way to stop ants from getting into your home and keep them away for good." For money-saving tips, sign up to our Money newsletter here

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It's suggested to use it in a spray bottle and wipe it on surfaces such as floors and windows. Vinegar is also said to be an, "effective way to wipe away their scent trails", making it more difficult for other ants to locate food sources in your home.

Pest control professionals at Western Exterminator also recommend using vinegar as a "home remedy for insects", stating that "ants are no exception".

To make a homemade ant spray, simply fill up a spray bottle with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. The suggestion is to spray this solution "directly on the ants", followed by wiping the sprayed area down with a damp paper towel.

Moreover, this DIY ant repellent can be applied in common ant hotspots or places where you store food, such as cupboards, windowsills, doorways, and countertops. In addition to utilising white vinegar, it's recommended that households should aim to prevent easy access to food sources indoors.

Just like any other pests, ants also require food for survival and are attracted to areas rich in food supplies like pet food containers or kitchen cabinets with open food packets.

Therefore, one of the simplest natural ways to keep ants at bay is to seal all food in airtight storage and ensure pet bowls are regularly cleaned and void of food. By cutting off their food supply, it could reduce the chances of ants persistently occupying and wandering around your property.