Pest Control Tips for Contamination-Free Pantries and Cupboards

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Finding an insect here and there in your kitchen isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s probably nothing compared to discovering your pantry or cupboards and all the food in them has been invaded by bugs or rodents. Taking preventive pest control methods into your own hands will go a long way in keeping uninvited guests from helping themselves to your stored products.

Inspect and Clean

It’s recommended that you clear out your pantry and cupboards at least once a year and closely inspect all food for any signs of pests. Cereals, pasta, bakery mixes, pastries, powdered milk, dried fruits and pet food are commonly vulnerable to contamination from Indian meal moths, ants, roaches, beetles, weevils and mice. After checking each product that you’ve had stored, dispose of anything that shows evidence of being tampered with or that has been left unsealed in an outside trash receptacle. Then all shelving should be vacuumed out and carefully cleaned with soap and water.

Keep an Eye Out While You Grocery Shop

Many times, the pests you find living in and feeding on the dry foods in your pantry and cupboards have been unknowingly brought home from the grocery store. Examine all packaged and boxed products for any openings or suspicious looking punctures and tears. Small holes are especially indicative of little critters since that’s all it takes for several kinds of insects to be able to find their way in. It’s easy to forget about certain products once you put them up in a cupboard or on the back of a pantry shelf, so it’s important not to purchase more than you think you’ll use in a reasonable amount of time. It doesn’t take too long for some insects to reproduce, and food that has been sitting for awhile is the perfect place for creepy crawlies to take up residence.

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Store Food in Sealed Containers

An effective way of maintaining your pest control efforts in the kitchen is to always store non-refrigerated food in tightly secured containers no matter how impenetrable you may think the original packaging is. You would be surprised to find out what the sharp teeth of many pests can cut through. Glass, plastic or metal storage is perfect for keeping most foods and ingredients in and will even preserve their freshness for longer. Just rolling up bags, especially those containing pet food, is an open invitation for insects and rodents to come right on in.

Consistently Clean Kitchen Surfaces

Cleaning up spills and vacuuming up crumbs right away will go far in preventing pests from entering your home. Make certain the areas around all appliances are free from any specks of food that would attract a scavenging intruder.

Being conscientious about your food storage and the cleanliness of everything in your kitchen will help ward off the nightmare of finding that bugs or mice have made themselves comfortable in your pantry and cupboard products. If you begin to notice any indication of their presence, it may be best to have a pest control company come out and prevent any further infestation.

 

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is an avid blogger from California who writes regularly about pest control problems and solutions.

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Mesa Cockroaches

These cooler months in Arizona will bring cockroaches inside your home as they look for food and shelter from the elements. If you are seeing roaches in and around your Mesa, Arizona property; get Mesa Roach Control today!

Roach Control Mesa, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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The Different Species of Cockroaches Living in Arizona

Most of the World’s cockroaches live in far away areas like the tropics. Despite having the majority of cockroaches living in these far away areas, Mesa, AZ is still home to three different cockroach species. If you’ve ever experienced them in your home, then you know they can be a very irritating, hard to control pest. The three species of Arizona cockroaches are:

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American Cockroach

These cockroaches are a brownish red and can measure up to two inches long. These buggers are larger and more homely in appearance when compared to the other species of Arizona cockroaches. Despite their more menacing appearance, they are not as much of a nuisance.

American cockroaches just vacation in your home for a short time. They stop by to grab a quick bite to eat. They then leave to live and mate somewhere else.

American cockroaches love hot, humid areas. They live in sewers, basements, storage rooms and garbage areas. These cockroaches can go three months with no food and a full month with no water.

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German Cockroach

The German cockroach is infamous! They are the most-frequent home invaders. When they invade, they set up house. They live, eat and mate under the same roof with you. They love bathrooms and kitchens because of their easy access to water and their favorite foods.

German cockroaches will eat just about anything. They are light brown in color, and are much smaller then the American cockroach, measuring only about ½ of an inch to ¾ of an inch long. These tiny pests have masses of children with one female laying well over 2,000 eggs in a calendar year. That makes for a lot of possible home invaders!

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Turkestan cockroaches are smaller and a little darker than the American roach. They prefer to live outside rather than in your homes and sewers. You will find then in leaf piles, flower beds, under rocks and in sprinkler control or water meter boxes.

These roaches are not as much of a health risk compared to American or German cockroaches and have one major trait most of us find annoying. They fly!

Controlling Mesa Roaches

The city of Mesa, AZ will coat the underneath of its 8,000 manholes with a latex based insecticide every couple of years. This insecticide helps tremendously in keeping the roach populations under control. On the other hand, Mesa City is only in charge of the community’s sewers. It is the citizens of Mesa who are responsible for keeping roaches out of their homes and properties.

If you are a Mesa resident, and are having cockroach problems, contact a local exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Orkin
1116 South Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
(866) 713-9979
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