The Difference Between Crane Flies and Mosquitoes
With the holiday season and holiday baking just around the corner, now is the time to start making plans to ensure that you will have a pest-free kitchen while you are baking. Pantry pests include beetles, ants, earwigs, weevils, and pillbugs. They also more commonly include Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles. Preventing pantry pests will help ensure that all of the hard work you are putting in to create your holiday goodies won’t be ruined by some unwelcome pests. But, what can you do to prevent pests? By following these simple 7 tips, you can ensure that your holiday baking season is pest-free.
1. Purchase Proper Storage
What do pests want? Food. If you keep pests from being able to find food in your home, you won’t have a pest problem. It really is that simple. How do you keep pests from being able to find food in your home? Besides taking steps to keep them from getting into your home in the first place, you should also be storing your food in the proper containers. Pests can make their way through a paper bag surrounding your flour pretty easily, but a plastic airtight container is another matter entirely.
2. Store Seasonal Decor
Nobody wants holiday decorations sitting around their home and taking up space once the holiday season is over. This goes for holiday baking supplies as well. Before you put your holiday baking supplies away make sure that they are clean, dry, and preferably stored in airtight plastic containers. You should also store the rest of your holiday decor neatly. Having clutter gives pests a place to hide, and that’s the last thing you want.
3. Use A Bay Leaf
Are you leery of using pesticides in your home? If so, then using bay leaves instead can help to keep your home pest-free. All you have to do is sprinkle some bay leaves around your home, and they’ll act like a natural repellent to help keep pests at bay. In fact, bay leaves can be just as effective as pesticides, but without the associated risks of having a poison in your home.
4. Inspect The Groceries
Whenever you are at the store buying groceries you can’t just assume that they are pest-free. Even the best grocery stores let things slip through the cracks, so you need to be vigilant. That means taking a close look at everything as it goes into your cart to look for signs of pests. When you get home, make sure that you give your groceries a quick once over again, just to be safe.
5. Check The Date
When looking at the groceries at the store for signs of pests, make sure that you check the date. If a grocery store doesn’t rotate their inventory regularly, products can expire. When they are expired they are not only potentially dangerous to consume, they also have a higher likelihood of having pests in them.
6. Practice Good Sanitation
Practicing good sanitation goes back to the point of preventing pests from finding anything to eat in your home. If you leave food out in the open, it will attract pests. Make sure that you put all of your food away, and that you properly clean up after cooking or baking.
7. Seal The Cracks
One great way to keep your home pest-free is by making it harder for pests to get into your home. Pests are tiny and can sneak in through tiny cracks. Fortunately, you can make hard for pests to get in by simply sealing up the cracks around your home. When you call us to inspect your home for pest problems we will also take the time to look for any problematic cracks and make you aware of them.
Call In A Professional For Help
If you currently have a pest problem or want to take proactive steps to help prevent one, we’d like to invite you to contact us. We have a team of experienced experts that would be more than happy to come to your home and help ensure that it is, and remains, pest-free. Please call us today at 1(844)GOT.ANTS.
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