Keeping Holiday Pests Out of Your FoodIn Winter on November 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Written by admin
The holiday season has arrived and families will be spending more time in their kitchens preparing food for family gatherings and celebrations. This is also the season to watch out for certain pests that may be lurking in your cupboards. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reminding homeowners that ants, earwigs, and mice are common winter pests that quickly find food once they invade homes.
“Pantry pests tend to gather around food such as flour, cereals, spices, and chocolate stored in cabinets,” according to the NPMA vice president for public affairs Missy Henriksen. “They can easily contaminate stored food and become a serious problem if left unchecked. Following a few easy tips can help you protect and enjoy pest-free ingredients all season long.”
The following actions are NPMA recommended to keep pests away from your stored food this holiday season:
- Use proper storage containers: Glass or plastic containers with secure, airtight lids will keep food sealed and protected.
- Bay leaves: Put a bay leaf in packages of dry goods; the pungent smell of the bay leaf will deter many pests.
- Inspect groceries before purchase: Check food packages at the store for holes or broken seals to avoid bringing in pantry pests with infested items.
- Check dates: Before using any ingredients that have been untouched in your pantry, check the expiration date and visually inspect it for pests.
- Sanitation practices: Keep your kitchen clean by wiping up crumbs and spills when they occur. Cupboards should be cleaned periodically with soap and water to eliminate food residue.
- Seal cracks: Check your home for any cracks or holes and seal them shut to keep these pests out.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your food and home will be safe for a pest free holiday season. If you do notice a pest infestation in your home, contact Green T Pest Control immediately. Our trained technicians can eliminate any pest infestation so that you can celebrate the holidays without worrying about contaminated food. With the right preventative actions, you can help ensure that your family and friends will be your only holiday guests.Comment »