How to Eliminate Pantry Pests in Your Home
Ever wonder why your clean kitchen attracts unwelcomed pests? Do you wonder what you have been doing wrong? First of all, stop doubting yourself because having critters in your pantry doesn’t mean you are bad at housekeeping. Even when your kitchen is spotless, bugs can enter as they are attracted to human food.
What kinds of food do they crave?
Pests will eat anything – snacks, pet foods, cereals, dried fruits, nuts, spices etc. Not just solid food, even powdered milk and flour can attract bugs like roaches, moths, and ants. They are not very picky.So, yeah, you really are not responsible for their entry.
Are they dangerous?
Mostly, no. They don’t bite or hurt you. But they have enough food to multiply their population, so your home is their breeding ground. Cockroaches love warmth and breed in moist areas. While they don’t directly harm you, they can spread diseases.
Seeing one or two bugs when the weather is warm is no big deal, but look for infested areas. These disease carriers can be especially harmful to kids.
How to deal with an infestation?
First, get rid of all the food item containers that you suspect are infested by pests. If you see even one bug near a package, open it and check all the contents thoroughly with a flashlight. Processed foods can be stored in the freezer and thawed when needed. Freezing followed by quick heating can kill pest eggs.
How do I kill pests?
You can only stop the infestation from spreading. Even if you kill some pests, it doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be back. Avoid using pesticides near your food. By using bleach or ammonia, you will only make matters worse as these chemicals can enter your food and render it unfit to eat.
Prevention of Pantry Pests
Always check the pantry products at the grocery store. Make sure that the seal is intact and there are no holes. Purchase items in smaller quantities because then you will not need to store large amounts at home. Always use the food items according to their date of purchase. This will lower the risk of pest infestation.
At home, shift the pantry items from their original packaging to metal or glass containers. Make sure that they are sealed with airtight screw-top lids. Keep your kitchen and the rest of your home clean and dry. Also, remove any clutter in the storage area and vacuum regularly to get rid of eggs and larvae.
If you have pets, keep them free of fleas and ticks; pests might enter your home through any channel.
If you are still not sure about the effective preventive measures, call our pest control company for more details. Our experts can handle all types of pests and help keep your home safe and disease-free.