The kitchen might be your favorite place for a quick snack, but did you know it’s also a pest favorite? There’s nothing worse than coming face-to-face with your unwanted housemates, but Ideal Pest Control is ready to prepare you with the necessary steps to keep kitchen pests at bay.
Put Your Food Away
It’s tempting to leave out that ravioli for when you’re hungry in an hour or so, or maybe you just bought a huge bag of oats and are planning on storing them in the pantry. All it takes is one small taste for pests to realize the treasures you’ve got, meaning it’s essential to follow proper food storage techniques. Airtight containers will be your best friend if they’re not already, as they keep your food fresh while keeping pests out.
Make Sure Your Trash Can Has a Lid
Even when you’re totally done noshing, whatever scraps you toss out should ideally be sealed off from pesky visitors. For your home kitchen, trash cans with lids are a foolproof way to prevent infestation. Just make sure they’re as airtight as your food containers, as that will minimize odors and make your kitchen less of a temptation for insects and rodents alike. Nothing ruins a good dinner party like a stinky trash can, much less one with a cockroach lurking nearby.
Maintain a Crumb-Free Environment
To humans, a crumb is the smallest form of food. But to ants, a crumb is an absolute gift. It’s sustenance! From a preventative standpoint, regular maintenance of your countertops goes a long way. A simple counter or floor sweep after you’re done cooking or eating is all it takes. Spills aren’t a big deal, but they can quickly turn into one if left for pests.
Keep Your Sink Clean
When water and food leftovers sit for too long, your sink can quickly become a breeding ground for one of the more annoying pests, drain flies. If you suspect drain flies are or could be an issue, establishing sink cleaning as part of your kitchen maintenance will take care of it. You can do this with boiling water, DIY mixtures or a bottle of Draino....