So, you’ve just opened the pantry door and are looking for some crackers for lunch, as you go to grab the packet, you notice a colony of ants’ craw on your hand. Not only has that ruined your appetite for food, but now you have to spend hours disposing of the food products and do a complete clean out of the pantry.
If there is one place that you would hate to see pests, for many it would most definitely be the kitchen, as preparing and eating meals in a clean and safe environment is an objective for many. Chewing through boxes, contaminating food and leaving droppings next to your flour are just some of the many off putting elements that pests tend to cause us.
We’re here to discuss some handy tips that can be implemented in any commercial or domestic kitchen to prevent the spread of diseases and stop those annoying nuisances from causing havoc in your personal sanctuary.
- It may be tempting to do the washing and wipe down benches at the end of the day; especially if you only have a couple of dishes to wash, however cleaning-up promptly after eating will hinder the pests from lingering.
- Although we cannot help purchasing food with paper, plastic and cardboard packaging, rodents have a habit of chewing through these material; we recommend buying food that comes in cans, jars, or taking out items and placing them in sturdy containers.
- When possible, keeping food in the fridge will provide more protection, as pests find it challenging to enter shut appliances.
- Cracks in the wall must not be overlooked; walk around your home and if you notice some gaps, especially around your kitchen, grab some glue and fill in the openings.
- Frequent sweeping of the kitchen and eating area will ensure that there are no crumbs left around, because having food debris on the floor is like inviting pests into your property.
- Don’t leave your bin for weeks on end, take it out as soon as it’s getting to a stage where it starts to smell and fill up.
- When possible, place all dishes in the dishwasher, then when it begins to get full, place a load on.
Even though completing these steps will not guarantee no pest will ever enter your premises, it’s a good way to put safe and hygienic practices in place. If you have pests inside of your home, contact your nearest pest control business.