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6 Tips to Keep a Pest-Free Kitchen

By on Dec 27, 2013

If you notice pests in your home, chances are they are going to and from your kitchen. The general ease of access and the abundance of food and water often make kitchens the most infested rooms in a home. Once infested, the food in your kitchen can become contaminated, putting your family in danger, not to mention the headache of having to deal with an endless stream of pests right where you eat and sleep.

The good news is that, with the right preventative steps, you can keep even the most prevalent of insects and rodents from invading your home. Following are simple tips you can use to keep a pest-free kitchen and fend off an infestation before it gets out of hand.

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Clean Floors Regularly

Throwing a napkin on the ground and cleaning a spill with your foot may be the easy route, but the leftover food or liquid will attract a variety of hungry pests into your home. Spills are common in the kitchen, and the sweet sugar of drinks or scraps of food are calling signs to pests in the area. Make sure to not only clean spills promptly after they have occurred, but to thoroughly wash your floors on a regular basis as well. Also be sure to move furniture and clean the cracks and crevices where food and drink debris accumulate over time.

Wash Dishes

Whether or not you have a dishwasher in your home, dishes naturally pile up in the sink over time. The leftover food on dirty dishes is one of the primary reasons your kitchen becomes infested. Even soaking dishes that remain in the sink for a longer time will attract a variety of in-sects and rodents into your home, so make sure to either wash dishes as soon as you are finished using them or place them in your dishwasher. If you must let dishes pile up, be sure to scrape off all food residue before letting them sit in the sink.

Store Food Properly

If an invasive bug or rodent smells food in your pantry, they will make it their top priority to get inside. If food is not stored properly in pest-proof containers, your pantry can quickly become infested, and everything inside will be contaminated, putting your family in danger of becoming ill. When storing food in your pantry, make sure to use rigid containers of glass and metal that reduce the chance of infestation and eliminate pests’ ability to transfer from one item to another. If you notice any bugs or signs of rodents in stored food, eliminate the items before you or any other member of your family eats the contaminated food.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of nutrition, but they are also a main attraction for pests. Once these items begin to spoil and ferment, flies, ants, and other insects will be drawn into your home in search of their next meal. Make sure to freeze or dispose of any fruits or vegetables that are past their prime. You may also use fruit hanging racks to make it more difficult for pests to find their way to the food.

Remove Garbage on a Regular Basis

Garbage cans are an oasis for invasive insects, rodents, and wildlife. If you let your garbage can stand in your kitchen for too long without removing it, the chances of an infestation increase. Be sure to remove your trash at least once a week, even if it is not full, to prevent invasive pests from being drawn to its scent. Putting a lid on your garbage can is another great way to fend off even the most persistent insects and rodents that somehow find their way inside.

Contact a Pest Control Professional

Sometimes, no matter how hard you work to prevent pests from infesting your kitchen, they still find a way in. If you need extra help dealing with a pest problem in your home, contact a local pest control professional for an inspection and a free estimate. Not only will they be able to effectively remove pests from your kitchen, but they will assist in keeping them out in the future. Pest control professionals have a thorough understanding of how and why pests invade homes and can show you simple tips and tricks to keep them out.

Preventing infestations in your kitchen is much easier than treating them once they have occurred. Incorporating these simple tips will help reduce the probability of an infestation and the risk of your family eating contaminated food. If you do come across an infestation, it is recommended to avoid the use of toxic pesticides and stick to natural solutions that can be just as effective as their chemical counterparts, without placing unnecessary harm on your family, pets, or the environment.

About the Author:

Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.

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