Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Pest-Free by Hulett
Lack of food, water, and welcoming shelter keeps pests away from kitchens. Sealing or caulking any crevices, cracks, and holes in your foundation, no matter how miniscule, can help keep pests away from kitchens. Sealing other entryways, such as holes and cracks around doorways and windows can also keep pests away from kitchens.
Believe it or not, maintaining a clean yard is also essential to keeping pests out of kitchens. You can achieve this by:
- Keeping your grass cut short;
- Trim branches that are close to your home;
- Eliminate all debris in your yard;
- Store all outdoor toys and accessories in an indoor storage space;
- Eliminate dense areas of vegetation on your property;
- Keep gutters clean and downspouts draining properly;
- Make sure there is no standing water in your yard;
- Keep mulch six inches away from your foundation.
Inside your home, decluttering your home and regularly vacuuming all floors will help keep pests out of your kitchen. Cleaning your kitchen thoroughly will keep pests out of your kitchen. This means:
- Wiping down countertops and other surfaces where food has been prepared or eaten every time that surface is used for preparation or dining;
- Washing all dishes right after snacks or meals and not allowing them to pile up in sink with food on them;
- Storing open packages of food in metal, glass, or hard plastic containers;
- Removing trash containing food scraps to a secure, outdoor trash receptacle, daily;
- Keeping outdoor trash receptacle area clean and sanitized;
- Cleaning up spills in your pantry and storing dried goods in metal, glass, or hard plastic containers; and
- Throwing away any open dried goods that have been in your pantry for more than six months in paper bags or cardboard boxes.
Contacting a professional pest control company, such as Hulett Environmental Services to create a pest-free boundary around your property is also a great way to ensure your home is covered and pest-free.