10 Tips To Keep Pests Out Of The Kitchen
- Whenever possible, buy foods that store in jars or cans instead of thin plastics, paper, or cardboard. Insects and other pests can find gaps to make their way into plastic and paper containers. Pests can also chew through the softer materials to make their grand entrance into your food. Glass jars and metal cans provide a tighter seal and more durable material to prevent pests from enjoying their next meal in your kitchen.
- Keep your kitchen clean! May seem like a no-brainer, though the smallest of crumbs or even a full garbage can that sits slightly too long attracts pests to your kitchen. Make sure to routinely clean and sanitize countertops and table surfaces, sweep any crumbs from the floor, and take out the garbage as soon as it is full.
- Seal any cracks or holes in your kitchen, pantry and throughout your home. Pests can enter your home through the tiniest of gaps, holes or cracks. Once inside, pests search for the most convenient place to live, which may be your beloved kitchen. Thoroughly inspect the interior of your property for any gaps, cracks, and holes, and properly seal them. You can use glue, caulk, or a sealant of choice. Remember, mice can squeeze through a hole slightly smaller than a dime. Ants and other bugs can exploit a space much smaller!
- Clean cabinets, drawers, and pantries to ensure they are clear of crumbs. Cabinets, drawers, pantry shelves, and floors can be in the regular cleaning routine. Make it a habit to check these surfaces for leftover crumbs and remove them to keep pests out of the kitchen and pantry.
- Check the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks for extra space around the pipe tubing. Any extra space around the pipes could provide an entryway for pests. Look behind kitchen appliances as well to catch any hidden gaps in the walls.
- Eat at the kitchen or dining room table and clean up right after meals. Since pests can sniff out food from a great distance, eating meals in different rooms is more likely to attract them. Quickly cover and store any leftover food, clear the table, and remove any crumbs or food particles left behind.
- Keep your sink clean and empty, and run your garbage disposal often. When looking for homes, pests search for food, shelter, and water. While some like to let their dishes soak in the sink, allowing dirty dishes and standing water to sit for too long is a giant welcome sign for specific pests. The last thing anyone wants is a pest pool party in their kitchen sink.
- Consistently check your fresh fruit and vegetables for signs of overripening and decay. A common myth is that fruit flies are somehow born from decaying fruit. The truth is that while an overripe banana does not birth a fruit fly, these pests and others are very attracted to it!
- Make sure that your baking ingredients, grains, dried herbs, and cereals are stored in tightly-sealed containers and check expiration dates before use. Ants tend to have a sweet tooth and an open bag of sugar is a recipe for a pest disaster. You can also store flour and other ingredients with a bay leaf, as the pungent smell repels many pantry pests.
- Inspect the exterior of your home and remove any bridges or gaps that pests may use as an entry. Tree roots or branches that are too close or touch your home and wires can create a bridge that leads pests right into your home. Also, remember to check where utility wires and cables connect to your house and seal off any extra space around them.
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Overall, the best way to keep pests out of the kitchen, pantry, and the rest of your home is by preventing access to the food, water, and shelter they seek. If you notice pests in your home or think that you may have an infestation, call the pest control experts at A-1 Bonded Termite. We offer the highest quality pest control services in Southern California.