As one of the most important rooms in your home, your kitchen is a hub of activity. Without it, you wouldn't be able to keep your family happy and healthy. Unfortunately, your kitchen is also a beacon for problematic pests. If you want to make sure they stay away, here are some top tips for you to try.
Seal Containers Tight
Pests of various kinds love to thrive on the morsels of food you leave behind. Additionally, some of them have a strong sense of smell that allows them to identify open packets. Once they find a food source, they soon begin flocking towards it.
Rather than leaving food packaging loose or open, make sure you seal everything in tight containers. Wherever possible, decant items such as biscuits, cereals and crisps into containers you can seal properly. Doing so makes them difficult to access so pests won't begin building a home near them.
Clear the Sides
If you're prone to leaving cooking instruments on the side and dishes soaking in the sink, now's the time to stop. It only takes a few minutes for nearby pests to sniff them out. And when they become aware of your cleaning habits, they may decide to return.
Always ensure you clear items away as quickly as possible. If you live in a house with other people, try creating a rotation to make your task easier.
Clean Your Bin
Although bins are inherently unhygienic, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of yours attracting pests. Always make sure you use a bin bag, don't dump your rubbish straight in there. Additionally, don't allow bags to linger for too long. Make sure you change yours at least once a week, regardless of how full it is.
It's also wise to disinfect the bin between bags. As a result, you'll remove any particles of food or liquids that seep in there and stop them from attracting pests.
Tackle Pests Quickly
If pests do start making their way into your kitchen, make sure you tackle them quickly. This could mean disrupting the scent of an ant trail, laying mouse traps or using insecticides.
Should your DIY methods fail, you'll need to use a pest control service. Sometimes pests sneak up on you so quickly that you need to call in a team of professionals. By doing so as soon as possible, you'll prevent a large infestation that could disrupt the harmony of your kitchen.