Mrs Hinch rose to fame on social media when she started to share unusual cleaning tips and tricks. Now, her fans share their own hacks on dedicated cleaning forums, including how to get rid of ants. Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, Jan Kelly wrote: “Any tips on getting rid of ants? Need to be pet safe.”
As well as being a nuisance, ants can be unhygienic, especially if appearing in areas like the kitchen.
They usually come indoors in search of food or a nesting habitat.
Even small amounts of food, like pet crumbs, can attract hundreds of ants.
This is why it is extremely important to keep the home clean and promptly clean any food spillages before ants discover them.
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Kerry-Ann Hubble said: “They hate talcum powder.”
Other group members suggested using white vinegar or boiling water.
According to experts at www.hillarys.co.uk, chalk is also a great way to deter ants.
They said: “Chalk contains calcium carbonate and this confuses the scent that the ants are following.
“Drawing lines of chalk around an entrance should keep ants from coming inside.
“It isn’t totally clear why they simply won’t cross the line, but it does work.
“Be sure to avoid insecticide chalks though as these will kill the ants.
The interior experts also suggested white vinegar, claiming that ants “detest” the household essential.
Mixed with water, the spray can be used around window sills, doorways and other places ants enter the home.