Getting the local exterminators in is one of the best ideas you can have. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with a pest infestation or suspect you have an issue, the local pest control experts can help you rectify the issue.
But, what about after they’ve been in? The best thing you can do is apply the following 5 simple steps to maintaining your kitchen, reducing, or even potentially eliminating future pest issues.
Considering mice and rats can carry a wide variety of deadly diseases, taking a few simple steps today is a good idea!
- Avoid Water!
You need to have water available in your kitchen, it’s essential for cooking and cleaning. But, water is also highly attractive to pests. Almost everything on the planet needs water to survive, if you leave water droplets in your kitchen the pests will gravitate toward it.
In short, wipe your sink down after every use, ensuring every element of your kitchen is dry
- Store Food Properly
The best way to store any food is in an airtight container. This helps to preserve it and prevents pests from gaining access. In many cases, they can’t even smell the food once it’s inside a sealed container.
It’s also a good idea to pace the container on your counter before you open it. Reseal it on the side, and then wipe it over before putting it away. This will reduce the spread of crumbs that attract pests.
- Clean Regularly
Good kitchen practices mean following the above two steps. However, no matter how hard you try some crumbs will enter cupboards and other places in your kitchen. A small crumb may not seem like much to you but it could be a feast to many pests.
The only way to eliminate crumbs and other food debris effectively is to clean your kitchen regularly. This means wiping down all countertops with a disinfectant spray. You should also vacuum the floor and mop it with an anti-bacterial solution.
This will help to ensure pests are not attracted to your home, or specifically your kitchen.
- Eliminate The Waste
There is little more attractive to many pests than human waste. To us, the food is starting to rot but to a pest, it is the best and most nutritious time to eat it.
Remove all food waste as soon as you’ve created it and make sure your waste bin has a lid that closes properly. You should also make sure the bin is emptied regularly and that the outside bins are kept shut and sealed properly.
- Deep Clean
It’s recommended that everyone does a deep clean at least once a month. This will counteract the lack of time you’ll notice is available on a normal day. The fact is modern lives are busy, it can be difficult to find the time to keep up with your hygiene rules. A deep clean gives the extra reassurance that your home is not attractive to pests.