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.
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.