The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. It’s where you and your family gather to break bread and where some of life’s most precious memories are made. However, your family isn’t the only group that wants to gather there.
Kitchens often fall victim to pests that are scavenging for food, and many homeowners aren’t aware that they are inviting the pests in by not keeping the kitchen clean. However, even if you have pests in your home, you can get rid of them. Here’s a look at what type of pests you might find in your kitchen and how to eliminate them:
Rodents — Like most animals that invade a home, rodents are looking for water, food, and shelter. A kitchen can meet all the needs of unwanted furry guests, which is why they are attracted to that area of the house. Rodents are particularly filthy creatures and throughout centuries have been the cause of spreading illness and death around the world. So, if you notice signs of rodents in your home, it’s crucial to take action immediately.
While you might think your home is impenetrable, rodents are notorious for being able to squeeze through small spaces, contorting their bodies to fit through the small cracks under doors and windows. If you spot any rodent droppings in your kitchen or other areas of your home, that’s a telltale sign that there’s an opening somewhere that they are squeezing through. You should look for any access points inside your kitchen. Remember, too, that rodents can enter your home through vents and drains. Sealing up these entryways and setting traps near any holes rodents are coming through can help you catch or kill the rodents before they wreak more havoc. You can use cheese or peanut butter to lure them out.
Additionally, keeping your kitchen tidy can help deter rodents from coming in. Crumbs left on the floor of your kitchen or food residue on counters can be enticing to these troublesome pests.
Finally, if you hear strange noises in your house, like scratching in the walls, it could be a sign that rodents are living in your walls. If that’s the case, you may want to seek professional help.
Ants — One of the most common kitchen pests to deal with is ants. Ants are difficult to get rid of because they are tiny and generally travel in large hoards. The first step to taking care of an ant problem is to discover where they are coming from. If you can find where the ant colony is located on your property and eliminate it, that will take care of the root of the problem.
If you can’t find the ant colony, your best bet is to reduce your kitchen’s risk of infestation. If you find yourself with an ant problem, it’s crucial that you keep your kitchen clean. If food falls on the floor or is dropped on the counter, clean it up immediately. Loose food can attract ants to your kitchen and can encourage them to look for food in your pantry. You should also make sure that all food containers are securely sealed so that ants can’t get inside boxes or bags.
Seal up any cracks or gaps that are allowing ants in. You can also use ant killer and traps to eliminate your unwanted guests. Look for bait that the ants will take back to their colony to stop the source of the problem.
Cockroaches — If you find cockroaches in your kitchen, it’s best to take immediate action to remove them. Not only are they after your food, but they are also a health risk. Cockroaches are known to spread diseases and bacteria, which can become a massive problem if they come into contact with the food you will be consuming.
Cockroaches can be challenging to kill, so you should hire a professional service to eliminate them from your home. That way, you can also remove any eggs that the roaches may have laid in your home. As with other pests, keeping your kitchen clean can help deter cockroaches from seeking food in your home.
Flies — Nothing is more annoying than having a fly buzzing around your home, but the sound disturbance isn’t the only troubling thing about flies. A lot of flies are attracted to rotting food and other smelly things which can carry pathogens, germs, and bacteria. As a result, when they land on your food items, they are transferring all the nasty stuff they come in contact with to your food, creating a serious health risk to anyone who eats it.
Anyone who has had a fly problem knows that flies are really quick, which can make them difficult to swat. Electric fly killers can help eliminate flies that get into your home. If you do have flies inside the house, make sure you keep your counters clean and food covered. If flies land on your counter, make sure you use disinfectant to clean the area before performing food preparation.
Keeping any areas outside the home clean that could attract flies is also crucial. If you have any pets, making sure to remove their waste promptly can help eliminate the number of flies hanging around your home. Also, making sure your trash bags are sealed when you take them out and cleaning your trash bin regularly can also help prevent these pests from staying in your area.
While a rodent or bug infestation can quickly become a headache, making an effort to keep your kitchen clean and responding to infestations promptly can help eliminate the health threat before it grows out of control. It can also ensure that your kitchen continues to be a safe and comfortable place to gather.