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Keeping your kitchen pest free is simple, though many may not understand basic prevention methods. Keeping pantry pests at bay as they settle in, invade your home and raise offspring in your food requires some diligence and forethought. Several tips have been provided for homeowners looking for alternative solutions.
Inspect Your Food
Be sure to inspect any food before making a purchase, because many packaged foods may contain unwanted pests. If a package’s flaps are open, or if the package is punctured with small holes, make
another selection. Pasta, cereals, cake, pastry products, dried fruits and powdered milk are all prime targets of bugs, and those dry, flaky areas may hide pests for your future displeasure. Additionally, watch out for pet food. Pet food products are often punctured when packed—due to their weight. Such rips and tears may grant access to unwanted gnats, rodents, flees and ants. Damaged packages can be returned to supermarkets, and infestations may be stopped before they get the chance to begin.
Utilize Effective Storage Techniques
When large quantities of food remain stagnant for periods of time, pests will feel invited to cause mayhem. Make sure food stocks are rotated frequently, and don’t over-purchase grain food in the summer. Many insects have a quick reproductive cycle during high-temperature months, and forgotten food products are great areas for kitchen pests. Make sure non-refrigerated foods are sealed within tight containers, and make sure pet food is secluded within the kitchen area to prevent unnecessary pest spreading. Don’t roll up unused boxes and bags: Store remaining food within a sealed container.
Protect the Home Fort
To provide maximum protection from pests, and to minimize bug invasions, focus on securing household thresholds. Utilize screens to block unwanted rodents, and use caulk around door-frames and windows. Exterior door gaps should be targeted, as they’re similarly targeted by pests seeking entrance. Kitchen ceilings, walls and floors should be routinely checked for cracks, and holes should be plugged to prevent unwanted nests.
Finding a Pest Control Provider
When looking for rodent control, be sure to target a provider capable of maintaining ventilation within storage areas, and seek someone capable of keeping cupboards ventilated. While rodents, bugs and
other pests need humid environments, an expert will maintain food items while blocking out unwanted creatures. Keeping your kitchen secure is easy, and many of the above steps may be completed by average homeowners to keep unwanted pests away.
Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru. Savannah got information for this article from Jones Bros., a company that specializes in rodent control in Sacramento.