You’ve decked the halls, started ticking off your shopping list, and now it’s time to whip up some delicious holiday treats. But before you can start, you realize you’ve got your very own Grinch, or maybe several! Nothing will put a damper on the holiday cheer like realizing you’ve got pests in your pantry. Don’t worry, you don’t have to settle for this metaphorical lump of coal! Just check out these tips to learn how to keep pests out of the pantry. You’ll be on your way to making Santa’s favorite cookies in no time!
How to Prevent Pantry Pests
Keep all food in airtight containers.
The “usual suspects” like roaches, waterbugs, ants, and mice are attracted to easy food sources, as well as pests like the merchant grain beetle and Indian meal moth. If you have packages of pasta, cereal, or other starchy foods accessible, these pests will dive right in, regardless of whether the box is actually open. They can easily gnaw through a little cardboard to get to what they really want. Fortunately you can keep them out with airtight storage containers. That could mean fancy plastic food storage, or it could be as simple as re-purposed glass jars. Check out these tips for organizing and improving your pantry so you can enjoy cooking and baking your favorite foods at the holidays, or any time of year.
Use some natural deterrants.
Did you know that many insects hate the smell of bay leaves, mint, catnip (related to mint), lavender, basil, and pennyroyal. Placing a few bay leaves on each shelf or wiping the cabinets down with a bit of mint or lavender essential oil can be an effective deterrant to pests. Just remember that you’ll need to swap the bay leaves out over time, or re-do your oil treatment.
Stick to a regular schedule of professional pest control treatments.
While keeping food sealed, using natural pest deterrants, and maintaining a clean kitchen and pantry will go a long way towards preventing a pantry pest infestation, you should also have your home serviced regularly by a professional pest control company. At Progressive Pest Control, we guarantee each treatment for six months. It takes about 14 days for all of the pest products we use to reach their full effect, but if you see a live pest after that day, we will return and service the area for free.
Don’t let pests ruin your holiday merriment this year; just give us a call at 770-791-0055 to get a quote on our integrated pest management services in northeast Atlanta. We take pride in providing the best pest control in Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Buford, Flowery Branch, and other communities in our service area.