Summer marks a time of picnics, fresh produce, and sunshine. This season also brings all types of insects, from ants to mosquitos. Command Pest Control knows the importance of keeping your home pest free, and we have some tips for specifically keeping your pantry pest-free this summer.
1. Use Proper Storage
The first step in preventing pests is to use airtight containers to store food in your pantry. Since some insects are small enough to squeeze into tiny spaces, you should always look for containers with an airtight seal. Instead of storing cereal or rolled oats in an open box, transfer the contents to a sealed plastic container with a convenient pouring lid. For a more sustainable option, use mason jars! They are durable, don’t absorb odors, and are infinitely reusable.
2. Keep Your Kitchen And Pantry Clean
Since pests are attracted to food sources, the importance of proper sanitation cannot be stressed enough. When messes happen, clean up any crumbs, debris, or liquid as soon as possible – and dispose of trash regularly. Also consider seasonally cleaning your pantry with soap and water to eliminate any bugs or larvae that may be hiding.
3. Set Out Bay Leaves/Cinnamon
Placing dried bay leaves on your pantry shelves can ward off bugs like ants, fleas, cockroaches and moths. Bay leaves also contain no harmful chemicals or toxins and are safe if children or pets accidentally ingest them.
For further prevention, consider cinnamon. Sprinkle a line of cinnamon across the entry of your pantry or spice cabinet, and ants won’t cross it. You can also place cinnamon sticks in with your perishable and nonperishable items to both prevent pests and keep your kitchen smelling great!
3. Hire Command Pest Control
Sometimes DIY efforts simply won’t work for infestations. That’s when it’s time to call the professionals who can evaluate your entire home and properly apply treatments to eradicate problem pests. Contact us today at https://commandpest.com/residential for a free estimate today.