Pest Proofing Your Pantry: Keep Bugs and Rodents Away

Pest Proofing Your Pantry: Keep Bugs & Rodents Away

No Bugs Pest Control Helps Keep Your Kitchen Safe

There is not much worse than coming home to a pantry full of ants, bugs, or rodent droppings. The frustration of cleaning out your pantry, not knowing what you will find, after a long day of work can be exhausting. There are ways to prevent pest and rodent activity in your kitchen. At No Bugs, we care about helping our community control pests both in and out of their homes. We understand that you want to keep the bugs and rodents out of your family’s food- because we want the same thing.

Let the Santa Clarita pest control experts at No Bugs help you keep your home pest-free inside and out. Contact our team to discuss your pest control needs today.

10 Ways to Keep Pests Out of Your Kitchen and Pantry

Keep your kitchen and panty clean while preventing an influx of bugs and rodents using the tips and tricks we’ve shared below.

  1. Install door sweeps for all outside access doors. This helps prevent bugs from entering underneath your external doors. (This also prevents drafts and heat loss!)
  2. Pick up your pet’s food and water, or keep it stored 12-18 inches off the floor to reduce the access to bugs and rodents.
  3. Clean your kitchen regularly including countertops, floors, pantry surfaces, and refrigerator. Don’t forget to empty your trash after cleaning to eliminated crumbs, spoiled food, and food scraps. Consider storing food scraps and spoiled food in an airtight container to put in the garbage or a compost bin later.
  4. Fix leaky faucets so that they do not become a water source for bugs and rodents.
  5. Seal all gaps that allow entry into your kitchen or pantry. This includes gaps in walls, baseboards, electrical holes, outlet connections, and plumbing holes.
  6. Remove food from the pantry floor and if possible, store all food items above 18 inches off the floor. But it’s not wasted space… Items that can be stored on bottom shelves or the floor may include empty Tupperware, cooking appliances such as your mixer or blender, or empty mixing bowls.
  7. When cleaning out your pantry, check for expiration dates as well as signs of bugs or rodent activity. Check that any fruit or veggies are not spoiled or turning, as overripe or spoiled food will quickly attract fruit flies. Be sure to throw these items out in an outside trash bin or compost immediately.
  8. Place a small saucer of apple cider vinegar and dish soap (mix together) near your fruit basket to attract and eliminate any existing fruit flies.
  9. Use sealable, airtight storage containers to protect food and cooking products while streamlining the look of your pantry. Glass containers are best as they keep rodents from chewing through to get to the food. (Plastic works as well but may not be completely rodent-proof.)
  10. Utilize herbs and essential oils as a pest deterrent. Bugs cannot stand bay leaves so you can place a few leaves in the corners of your pantry, tape them underneath the shelves, or place them in breathable jars. Mint and peppermint deter rodents. You can mix a solution of water, vinegar, and peppermint essential oils to spray on pantry walls and surfaces to help keep rodents away.

Say Goodbye to Unwanted Visitors

Using the tips above, along with regular pest control services for outside your home, you can have confidence that your kitchen will stay clean and safe. Being prepared, and storing food safely, will help food last longer and keep it away from bugs and rodents. Pest control is truly about gaining control and keeping it through processes and treatments. The Santa Clarita pest control specialists on our team at No Bugs can help you gain control and keep it.

Contact No Bugs to schedule your first treatment today!

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