Pantries and storerooms are places that are usually dark and cooler than the rest of the home. Both the absence of light and the low temperatures and humidity favor pantries to become a hot spot for insects and other pests. The bad news is that the pantry is where you keep all your food stock and ingredients so it’s the last place you want to have infested by cockroaches or other bugs.
If you want to keep pests away from your pantry or storeroom, here are some tips you can follow to make sure your food is safe and clean for consumption!
#1: Keep things sealed
Pests like every living being on the planet are attracted by food. That’s one of the reasons why you’re likely to find pests in your pantry. Stop their access completely to the pantry by taking away the attractant – food. Simply keep your food airtight, contained and sealed so it does not attract insects to it. Make use of plastic bags, papers and containers to keep your ingredients as contained as possible. This will keep the pests away from your pantry automatically.
#2: Use Natural Repellants
It never hurts to use DIY or even commercial pest repellants to get rid of insects from your pantry. Natural repellents that drive pests away include cayenne pepper, vinegar and lemon juice. The pungent, acidic smell from these items repels pests away. If you want to be even more efficient, you can also use a commercial repellent but make sure the food in the pantry is sealed so the spray does not contaminate it.
#3: Keep it Hygienic
Pests love dirty. One important tip to keep pests away from any room, not just your pantry, is to keep the area clean, uncluttered and organized. Throw unwanted items away and regularly clean and sweep the pantry to keep it neat and clean.
If you already have a pest infestation in your pantry - don’t panic. Call a reliable pest control company to get the job done for you!
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