Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Pest-Free

Everyone loves to gather in the kitchen. It’s the hub of every family. But pest are guest that are never welcome. Invaders such as cockroaches, rodents, fruit flies and pantry pest can infiltrate your kitchen and pantry spreading bacteria that could possibly make you sick. Here are some tips on how to keep your pantry and kitchen pest free.

  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • If you keep fresh fruit on the counter, check it often for signs of over-ripening or decay. As female fruit flies lay an average of 500 eggs on the surface of fermenting fruit, it’s best to dispose of the fruit in outdoor trash cans to prevent those eggs from hatching in your indoor trash.
  • Run your garbage disposal regularly.
  • Don’t let dirty dishes pile up and stand in the sink for long periods of time.
  • Don’t leave pet food and water bowls sit out for long periods of time.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home and around the kitchen, especially around stove and water pipes.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact Natran to inspect, identify and treat the problem.