Our kitchen is the center of our home. For most of us, its where we cook, eat, and share meals with our families. However, it is also the room in the house most prone to infestations. There are many bugs and insects which may be living in your kitchen without you even knowing. Here are a few kitchen pests and what you can do about them.
Ants are one of the pests most frequently found in people households, especially in kitchens, as they have strong appetites, and are able to hide in small spaces. You are more likely to have ants in your kitchen if your cabinets have a lot of moisture and there are food crumbs and grease lying on your countertop. Ants can be dangerous for your health and can spread germs and diseases directly to the food that you and your family eat. Make sure to clean your kitchen thoroughly to keep them away.
Known as walking health code violations, cockroaches can make their way inside your home under door frames, through cracks in your walls, or even by hitchhiking in cardboard boxes and grocery bags. To get rid of them, you can use glue strips, boric acid, or gel bait. When a cockroach gets poisoned with gel bait or boric acid, it will return to its hideout, die, and as the other cockroaches consume its dead body, they too will be poisoned.
Lastly, there are rodents like rats and mice, which you may find scurrying around your kitchen. Rodents can spread many diseases which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and chronic fatigue. Rodents often live in pantries and come out at night to look for food. If you have rats or mice living in your kitchen, the best way to get rid of them is with a CO2 powered piston trap, which lures rodents inside a cylinder before driving a steel dart into their heads, killing them instantly. You should also use a caulk gun to seal any entry points into your kitchen which rodents can use to sneak inside.
Pests can cause trouble anywhere in your house, but they are especially dangerous in your kitchen. Fortunately, there are easy ways to get pests out of your kitchen and the rest of your home as well. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Daytons Pest Control today.