Keeping Kitchens Pest-Free
Kitchens have always been a gathering place in the home; however, there are some unwelcome visitors homeowners would rather not gather in the place where we store, cook and eat our food – pests!
Cockroaches, rodents, fruit flies and pantry pests can all easily find their way into kitchens contaminating foods, spreading bacteria and ruining a “sacred” space in the home.
As many families gear up for the holiday season, which involves a lot of cooking and baking and leftovers, the National Pest Management Association reminds homeowners to remember that this is also the time of year many pests are looking for food and shelter – often inside houses.
Kitchen Pest Dangers
There may be nothing grosser than a cockroach scurrying into a corner or under the fridge as you enter the kitchen – and for good reason. Cockroaches spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E coli and salmonella, six parasitic worms and more than seven other types of human pathogens. Additionally, their saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.
Each winter these sharp toothed, disease-carriers typically invade 21 million homes in the U.S. bringing with them a slew of dangers. Mice and rats spread salmonella bacteria and hantavirus, and they can carry other disease-causing pests, such as ticks, fleas and lice. Rodents can also chew through wood and electrical wires increasing the risk of home fires. Prevention is the name of the game with rodents though because when they move in, they quickly make themselves at home – a female mouse can have as many as 12 babies every three weeks!
Contrary to popular belief, these flies do not come from the interior of the decaying fruit and are not spontaneously “born” from rotting fruit. Instead, they are able to detect the yeast produced by fermenting fruit, even from great distances. Once they have identified an intended target, they have little trouble getting to it as their tiny size allows them to enter a home through miniscule cracks and crevices. Most window screens won’t deter them either.
How to keep pest free?
Do Not Use Pesticides
This is the number one rule! You can use pesticides in other places around your home if you choose, but do not ever use them in your kitchen. This is extremely hazardous to your health and your pets and it doesn’t guarantee your kitchen will stay pest free. Pesticides contain a lot of harsh chemicals that could be toxic to your nervous system and possibly cause cancer if you are around them often. Spraying them in your kitchen where food and friend spend quite a bit of time is exceedingly dangerous. Ant, mouse, rat, cockroach, or fly traps are ok, but when it comes to keeping the bugs out, do not use pesticides in your kitchen.
Seal it Up
A major way pests enter your home are through cracks or gaping holes from improperly seated exterior doors, breezy pet doors, and exterior pipes. Without the proper fittings or sealant, pests find simple ways to get into your kitchen and start breeding.
Make sure that any exterior door or pipe is properly sealed from the outside whether that’s caulking, refitting the door, upgrading to a double flap doggy door, or the Twin Draft Door Guard that we’ve all seen the infomercial for. Anywhere that air can get through, a bug can fit into the gap. Scorpions can easily get into your kitchen or home through a slit as thin as a credit card and ensuring they stay outside is critical to keeping your food and family safe. In addition to all exterior doors and holes having the proper sealant, you want to store your food in food safe containers with locking lids or plastic bags. Keeping the air and bugs out maintains food safety and keeps it fresh. The locking lids make sure the bugs can’t enter the food and if there’s no food for your pests to eat, they’ll leave all on their own. Also important to note, do not mix older food and new food in the same container. This breeds not only germs but invites more bugs to join the party.
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