Transfer dry goods like flour, rice, pasta, cereals, and snacks into airtight containers made of glass, plastic, or metal. This prevents pests from accessing the food and keeps it fresh. Regularly inspect your pantry for any cracks or gaps in walls, shelves, or doors. Seal them with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent pests from entering. Store items off the floor and away from walls. Pests like mice and ants are less likely to reach your food if it's elevated.
Frequently clean your pantry, wiping down shelves, and vacuuming crumbs and spills. If you have any pantry spills, remove them and any spilled food promptly. Ensure that your pantry's trash can has a tight-fitting lid and empty it regularly. Avoid leaving food scraps or crumbs in the pantry. Moisture attracts pests like cockroaches and ants. Use moisture-absorbing products, like silica gel packs or dehumidifiers, to maintain a dry environment in your pantry.
Use natural pest repellents like cedarwood blocks or sachets of dried herbs (e.g., bay leaves, and rosemary) in your pantry. These scents can deter insects and rodents that want to hang around. Place traps designed for specific pests, such as mousetraps or pheromone traps for pantry moths, in strategic locations within the pantry. Periodically inspect your pantry for signs of pests, such as droppings, gnaw marks, or damaged packaging. If you identify an issue, address it promptly.
By following these preventative measures and maintaining a clean and organized pantry, you can significantly reduce the risk of pests infiltrating your food storage area. But if after all this you still are having pest issues, please call Country Boy Pest Control. We can come out and give you an estimate on the spot.