09 Aug Pantry-Proofing Tips to Prevent Pest Infestation
There is nothing as frustrating as opening up your pantry to find signs that unwanted pests have been in there. As gross as it sounds, it is not uncommon for little insects to be hiding in your spices, flour, or other food products.
There are a lot of people who worry about rodents like mice ending up in their pantry or around their food, but who don’t realize that bugs are just as common.
While this may make your stomach turn a bit, it is important to know how common this issue is, and what you can do in order to keep these unwanted pests out of your home and out of your pantry for good.
Seal Everything- Proper food storage is essential when it comes to preventing an infestation. Sealing your food is about more than just keeping food fresh, it is about keeping it safe from unwanted critters. Once your packages are opened, move them to Tupperware or sealed containers with lids before putting them back. Folding over the top of the bag of your brown sugar just won’t cut it.
Check the Dates on Your Food- Always check the expiration dates on your pantry staples before using them. When food starts going bad, it can be a bigger draw for unwanted pests to come in and start snacking. Many pests not only love rotten food more, but when that food has been sitting there for a long time, it means you may not have checked in to see if there are any unwanted bugs in that product. Make sure you are periodically going through your pantry to throw out expired items.
Clean, Clean, Clean- The more you clean your kitchen, cabinets, and pantry to make sure that there are no spills or crumbs in there. This is a big thing that will draw in pests and let them know where the good is. Even residue can be a big draw for pests. With this in mind, make sure you are keeping your pantry as clean as possible.
If you continue to take these steps and to pest-proof your pantry, but you find that you still have signs of bugs and pests in your home, then it is time to call a professional. The good news is a professional pest control expert will be able to eliminate your problem without damaging your home. Professional pest control companies will be able to eliminate these bugs with chemicals that will kill the pests but not harm your family, your food, or your four-legged friends.
If you have any other pest-related questions, particularly about keeping your pantry and your kitchen safe from unwanted pests contact Proctor Pest Control. We can help not only treat your home and eliminate active pests but help protect further infestations in the future as well.