How Do I Clean My Kitchen After Pest Control?

Even an unopened box of quinoa may be infested with bugs, and for most of us, organic goes a bit too far. Put the quinoa, flour, or rice in a glass or BPA-free plastic container with a tight-locking lid as soon as possible. Don't forget about the trash, either. Here are some ideas from pest control Columbus, Ohio keeping those six-legged animals away from your Cheerios.
Not only can the right containers keep bugs out of your food, but they will also keep them out of your garbage. Garbage should be disposed of in enclosed containers to keep pests and unwanted animals out. Mr. Raccoon would have to find a new spot to dumpster dive.
If there are drops or crumbs, wipe them up as soon as possible. With a towel and soapy water, wipe down counter tops and tables. (Just remember to scrub the sponge on a regular basis.) For a fast fix, disinfectant wipes are also available, but bear in mind that these anti-bacterial wipes do contain chemicals. Sweep, sweep floors, and wipe down tables and shelving where food has most likely moved from open containers.
A colorful bowl of fruit is not only enticing, but it also makes it simple to reach for a nutritious apple rather than a sugary treat. Only keep an eye on ripening fruits and vegetables because if left out too long, they will attract fruit flies. Check them for over-ripening or signs of decay on a regular basis, or store them in the refrigerator. Since female fruit flies lay an average of 500 eggs on the surface of fermenting fruit, the National Pest Control Association suggests discarding the fruit in outdoor trash cans to stop the eggs hatching in your indoor trash.
To keep critters out, take note of those secret cracks and crevices on the exterior of the building. But don't neglect the inside as well. Seal around kitchen stoves and water pipe openings; these are enticing places for pests to come in and linger. And if there's some moisture around, bugs will congregate and stay. Examine your garbage disposal as well as other moisture-prone areas in your kitchen, such as leaking pipes and clogged drains. To keep those creepy crawlies outside, the NPMA suggests putting door sweeps on exterior doors and fixing damaged windows. Bugs can be held out by trimming back exterior tree limbs that are too close to your house.
Insects are switched off by cleanliness. They are mortal rivals of soap and detergent. However, if you leave dirty dishes and food scraps in the sink, the kitchen becomes open season. Dishwashers are available, or you can wash and dry your dishes by hand. Teenagers have a habit of snacking all over the house and leaving dirty dishes as reminders of their existence (don't ignore these problems if your microwave has them). Explain to your children that leaving a bowl in their rooms with traces of dried cereal and milk is not only unsanitary, but also an invitation for Peter the pest to move in with them.
Those lovely pre-scented potpourri or decorative Indian corn you show every Thanksgiving need to be stored in airtight containers during the off-season, believe it or not. Be sure to unpack them outside your home and check them for tiny guests hidden among the leaves and particles, so that the only people who come to Thanksgiving are those you invited.
Grain and other ingredients in pet food and snacks attract pantry bugs. Make sure that all opened packages are properly sealed or transferred to an airtight container. Also, don't leave water and food bowls out all day, or you risk attracting unwanted pets to your house. Spot's dishes should be washed and dried on a regular basis, and water bowls should be refilled when required, as stagnant water may attract mosquitoes.

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