Keeping Pests Out Of Your Kitchen

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After experiencing a wretched spider infestation, my pest control professional told me something that I would never forget. In the nicest possible way, she told me that my house was too messy to keep bugs out in the first place. She explained that when people leave food around, it attracts small pests like ants and cockroaches, which then attract larger predators like spiders and mice. I decided to clean up my place so that I wouldn't have to worry about creepy crawlies calling my place home. On my blog, you will learn more about pest control and the importance of house cleaning, so that you don't make the same mistake I did.


Keeping Pests Out Of Your Kitchen

22 December 2015
 Categories: , Blog

If you are having a hard time keeping those common household pests, such as flies and ants, out of your home then you know how frustrating it can be. It's hard to fully enjoy your home when these little pests are taunting you. This article offers you some great advice for getting rid of them and for keeping them away.

Getting rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies in your kitchen can be very irritating. They can buzz around you while you try to cook and try to get in your mouth while you're eating. You can set a simple trap to catch the fruit flies in your kitchen so you can go back to enjoying it the way you used to, before the invasion.

Take a jar with a lid and poke some small holes in the lid. Fill the jar with about an inch of apple cider vinegar and make sure the lid is put back on tight. Set the jar near the area where you notice the most fruit flies. They will go into the jar because they are attracted to the liquid and they will either drown in the liquid, or be unable to find their way out of the jar.

Keeping fruit flies away

Once you get control of the fruit fly situation, you can prevent more from coming by removing the things they are attracted to. You should rinse out all your containers, drink cans and jars before you throw them in the trash. Also, wipe your counters off after each use and keep your sponge clean by putting it in the microwave for about a minute each day. Rinse off all dishes completely as soon as you are done eating.

Getting rid of ants

It can be miserable to spend time in your kitchen when there are ants in it. They can cover the counter, making it nearly impossible for you to prepare meals and if you have red ants, then you have the added worry over being bitten.

You can get rid of the ants by putting a little water and dish soap on a paper towel and wiping them up. Put the paper towel in a plastic bag and seal it securely. While it seems easy enough to get rid of the ants, the real challenge comes with keeping more from coming.

Keeping ants away

The trick to keeping ants away is to seal any entrances they are getting in through. Look under the kitchen sink for gaps around the plumbing pipes, this is a common area for them to enter homes. Use caulking to fill the gaps. Also, look around the baseboards and along the window sills for gaps or holes. You can also seal them with caulking. Keeping your kitchen as clean as possible will also help. Ants don't like cinnamon, so sprinkling it around areas you think they may be coming from can also help.

If you still continue to have problems with these pests, then it may be time to have a professional pest control company, like Swat Bug Killers Pest Control, come out to help you.