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Are You Baking Cookies For Critters?

Bug Lady posted this on Dec 20, 2016

The weather is starting to reach freezing temperatures outside so you know what that means? Warm and savory comfort food! We all have our favorites like hot cocoa, freshly baked cookies, roasts and soups. But these favorites may also be the favorites of multi-legged critters who target your kitchen for goodies.


Winter is in full swing and not only are we humans trying to take extra measures to stay warm, irritating pests like rodents and cockroaches are doing the same by moving themselves more prominently indoors to stay out of the cold. Is it any wonder that pests like cockroaches and rodents target the kitchen more than any other place in a home? Food and warmth!


Keeping Your Kitchen Pest-Free

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. With winter comes the holiday season which for a lot of families means cooking, baking and leftovers. This can make your kitchen a hot bed for food and shelter seeking pests.


What’s more nasty than a cockroach scurrying into a corner or under the fridge as you enter the kitchen? Cockroaches not only are gross to look at, they can be potentially hazardous to your health. Cockroaches have been known to spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E coli and salmonella, parasitic worms and more than seven other types of human pathogens. Not to mention that their saliva, feces and decomposing bodies contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.



Rats and Mice


Every winter these chronic-gnawing, disease-carriers typically invade 21 million homes in the U.S. bringing with them a variety of dangers. Mice and rats can spread salmonella bacteria and hantavirus, and they can also carry other disease-causing pests, such as ticks, fleas and lice on their backs as they entre homes. Rodents can also chew through wood and electrical wiring increasing the risk of home fires. Prevention and Exclusion is the name of the game with these furry critters though because when they move in, they quickly make themselves at home - a female mouse can have as many as 12 baby mice every three weeks!




Fruit Flies


As much as some would like to believe since fruit flies almost seem like they spring up out of nowhere,  these flies do not spontaneously emerge from the interior of the decaying fruit nor are they born from it.  What happens is that fruit flies are able to detect fermented yeast from decomposing fruit and travel great distances can easily get past  to get to the source. Once their are locked onto a target, there’s very little that can stop them since they can very easily get through cracks and crevices and even window screens to get to the fruit.

Pantry Pests


These insects as especially troublesome around your foodstuffs as they tend to gather around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include several types of beetles, Indian meal moths and ants.



Prevent These Frustrating Pests From Ruining Your Food

If you want to keep these insects and rodents from getting into all of those delicious baked goods and leftovers, we here at ePestSolutions recommend the following preventative measures to ensure kitchen goods are bug and rodent-free:

  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.

  • Store food in airtight containers and remove garbage regularly from sealed receptacles.

  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.

  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests.

  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.

  • If you keep fresh fruit on the counter, check it often for signs of over-ripening or decay. As female fruit flies lay an average of 500 eggs on the surface of fermenting fruit, it's best to dispose of the fruit in outdoor trash cans to prevent those eggs from hatching in your indoor trash.

  • Run your garbage disposal regularly.

  • Don't let dirty dishes pile up and stand in the sink for long periods of time.

  • Don't leave pet food and water bowls sit out for long periods of time.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.

  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home and around the kitchen, especially around stove and water pipes.

  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, get equipped with the right products and the right guidance by contacting and ordering premium pest control products from Solutions Stores!



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