Common Kitchen Pests and How to Deal With Them
Have you ever been bothered by a pest while you’re cooking in the kitchen? Or have you discovered that some of your food or ingredients have been contaminated or spoiled by a pest in your kitchen? Here are a few common types of kitchen pests and how to deal with them.
Common Kitchen Pests and How to Deal With Them: Ants
Ants are one of the most common types of pests that you’ll find in your kitchen. Ants end up in almost every home at one point or another, especially if you have a basement. Ants can detect the odors of foods coming from your kitchen, and are attracted to that area. Even spilled crumbs or a full garbage disposal sink can attract ants.
Make sure that you empty your garbage can and garbage disposal often to avoid an ant infestation. Also, make sure that you wipe and clean your counters and floors regularly to clean up any crumbs or residue. Store all food in airtight containers to eliminate attractive odors. Additionally, if you see a crack where ants are entering your house from the outdoors, it can be helpful to seal it up. You can use ant bait or spray to get rid of them. You can also use a homemade repellant such as borax, vinegar, or essential oils.
You’ve probably noticed fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen, particularly in the summer. Fruit flies are attracted to moist, ripening fruit and vegetables, especially when it is left out on your counter. They might also be attracted to your garbage disposal or garbage can.
Fruit flies can be annoying to deal with and difficult to eliminate since they are such small, fast fliers. You can trap fruit flies by putting a mix of apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a bowl.
Common Kitchen Pests and How to Deal With Them: Moths
Even though you might usually see moths around your outdoor lights, you also might experience a moth infestation in your kitchen. This is particularly if you don’t have your grains or flours sealed in airtight containers. Moths might even get into your crackers or cereals. Moths often like to nest and hatch in grains. Pantry moths, like Indian meal moths, especially like to live and breed in your dried food storage. You can spot a moth infestation if you see eggs, light-colored larvae, or webs around your food and/or grains. Make sure to keep an eye out for these signs of moth infestation. Make sure to throw out any contaminated food, disinfect all surfaces, and vacuum your pantry or storage shelves to get rid of any pests.
So, if you’ve been dealing with some common pest infestations in your kitchen, remember these tips. If you’re dealing with ants, fruit flies, or moths, make sure to try the approaches in this article. Getting rid of pests in your kitchen can ensure that your kitchen and food are safer and more sanitary.
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