Nothing quite ruins the appetite like seeing pests rummaging throughout your kitchen, whether they be rodents, spiders, or insects. Sadly, however, your kitchen is likely to be the number one place where pests are trying to get to. For this reason, it’s important to take some extra precautions to help keep these little critters away from the place where your family eats. Here are some tips on how to keep pests out of your kitchen…
Clean up food right away
The number one thing that is going to draw critters into your kitchen or dining area is loose food. That’s the main thing that every pest is looking for: food (and shelter). For this reason, don’t leave any food sitting around when you are done eating, and opt to clean it up right away. If you have any leftovers, put them in the fridge and come back for them later. Also, always rinse your dishes off as soon as you are finished with them.
Naturally, a kitchen that gets used every day is going to have crumbs and spills that get on the floor, even if they are small. This might seem like no big deal at the time, but all it takes is a few crumbs for an ant colony or a couple rodents to decide this is a good place to hang out. For this reason, sweep your kitchen every day to ensure that there isn’t a buildup of crumbs attracting them. Every month, you probably want to move your fridge and other appliances to sweep underneath them, as well.
Take the trash out, every day
A festering trash can is a golden treasure trove to many types of pests. Indeed, we can all imagine an old sack of trash drawing flies and wasps around it, but it can also attract many other types of pests, as well. That’s why it’s important to take the trash out every day, or at least every other day, so that old rotting things don’t fester for too long and invite unwanted friends.