Nobody wants to have bugs in their home, but if you had to allow them in, where is the last place you would want them to be? The kitchen, because that’s where all your food is. However, where do you think is the most likely place to find bugs in your home? The kitchen, because that’s where all your food is! Bugs are simple creatures. Their wants, hopes, desires all boil down to basically one thing: eating. Yes, bugs are like having teenage boys in your home: they want to eat everything you got.
If you want to keep creepy crawlies out of your kitchen, follow these seven tips.
Take out the trash – The chore no one seems to want to do is crucial for keeping bugs out. There are plenty of delicious food remnants in your trash that bugs would love to feast on (especially cockroaches). Take out the trash every night, and either keep your garbage can under the sink or put a lid on it.
Put leftovers away – Leftovers need to be stored promptly. Not only will this protect you from nasty foodborne illness, it also won’t attract hungry bugs.
Store foods in airtight containers – Sure, those Oreos might come in a “resealable” package, but that package is meant to ensure freshness; not deter bugs. Keep your pantry items in airtight bags or containers to prevent the smell from enticing critters.
Wipe down surfaces – No matter how careful you are, crumbs and food particles will end up on your counters and tabletops. Therefore, you need to wipe down these surfaces daily.
Sweep and mop – Again, this is all about cleaning up those food remnants. Centuries of evolution have made bugs very adept at sensing food, and a pile of crumbs on the floor could be enough to bring them in. Sweep the floor nightly and mop it at least once a week.
Seal cracks and openings – If you have cracks in walls anywhere in the house, or doors or windows without tight seals, that’s enough space for bugs to squeeze in. You should seal up any cracks with caulking and close up the seals around your doors and windows. Regardless of where they enter the home, bugs will eventually find their way to the kitchen.
Keep food in the kitchen – As mentioned in the last point, just because bugs enter through a different part of the home doesn’t mean they won’t end up in the kitchen. If you take food into your bedroom, you can attract bugs. And since you don’t keep those rooms as clean as your kitchen, leftover food particles might be there for a while; which gives bugs more time to find them.