It’s not easy to keep unwanted pests out of your kitchen. Since it’s where most of the cooking is likely done, there are often crumbs and loose food to be found. You may drop a pasta noodle on the floor and not think to clean it up right away. One of the kids might spill milk on the counter while they’re making cereal and just walk away from it. These little things don’t seem like pest-magnets, but they are!
These pests can often be found rummaging through the pantry, or cupboards. They are most likely where you keep the bulk of your food. Pasta and cereal tend to be the biggest attraction for mice and a variety of insects. This is because the food is in open packaging. The pests can sniff out that delicious smell and they flock to it like there is no other food. It’s unfortunate for you and your family.
If you end up with these unwanted pests, it’s best that you call a Spartanburg pest control company. You’ll also want to throw out any food that has come into contact with these pests. Once you get rid of the infestation, you’ll want to know how to keep your kitchen and pantry bug free. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to keep your food safe.
One of the best things you can do for pest control is using plastic or glass containers. The containers can be made of pretty much any substance as long as they are air tight and can’t be chewed through. You’ll want to store all your loose food in these types of containers. Essentially loose foods refers to anything that isn’t in a can. There are many pasta containers that are designed for different types of pasta. These are ideal for several reasons. Firstly, to limit the unwanted pests you’ll find in your pantry. But, these storage containers also reduce the mess that can be made from open pasta or cereal packaging. This limits the amount of food that falls on the ground too!
Now, you may find you have issues with bugs even when you’re sure that your kitchen is spotless. Keep in mind that many bugs and critters can tag along straight from the grocery store! If you want to be extra careful, check all your grocery bags before bringing anything in the house. This will limit the outside insects from getting into your house in the first place.
Another thing you can do is make sure to polish off your food in a timely fashion. If you’ve ever worked in a fast food restaurant, you know the first in, first out rule. You should apply this to your personal groceries as well. This means that you make sure the oldest food is eaten first and the new stuff put to the back of the pantry. This will limit the amount of time that bugs might have to infest your food.
You also don’t want to buy loose foods in bulk. When you empty those foods into a container, they have a limited shelf life because they’ve been exposed to air. If you buy too much of a pantry item, you’ll have to leave it in the box it came in and then you’re risking infestation still.
It can be a pain to keep out unwanted pests, but it’s not impossible. It just takes being diligent and a Spartanburg pest control company to serve your needs.
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