There’s nothing quite like the feeling of stepping into a clean, organized kitchen except maybe the feeling of stepping into a clean, organized kitchen with no bugs. Unfortunately, even the tidiest kitchens can fall victim to an invasion of unwanted insects. Preventing bugs is needed.
Taking simple precautions in your cupboards and pantry can make it harder for bugs to find a place to set up camp. So read on for some tips on how to keep your kitchen pest-free!
Don’t Invite Bugs In
- Start with what you bring into the house. Inspect your groceries at the store. Look at wax and plastic wrap food items for indications of bugs. Check cardboard boxes, laundry, books, and used furniture or appliances coming into the home for signs of infestation.
Keep the kitchen clean:
- Keep dishes, stove top, and counters washed after every use.
- Dump trash frequently.
- Rinse out food containers and bottles before putting them in the trash.
- Clean up spills promptly.
- Don’t leave food out.
- Wash or replace sponges and dishrags often.
- Keep the toaster and other appliances free from crumbs and spills.
- Clean appliances’ motor housing frequently, as this is a favored area of pests.
- Move and clean under appliances.
- Keep food in containers and wipe up food spills in cupboards promptly.
- Keep pet bowls clean, and don’t leave food out overnight.
- Use a trash liner in your garbage cans.
- Periodically pour diluted bleach down the sink or use a microbial.
Preventing bugs starts with food storage
Move foods not in screw-type jars or cans into containers with screw tops, snap-on lid plastic containers, or food-grade plastic bags with zip-lock seals. Cardboard, paper, plastic wrap, or plastic bag food containers allow for the invasion of pests.
Snap-on lid containers
Screw-on lid containers
Keep them thirsty
Fix dripping faucets. Empty your refrigerator drain pan frequently. Check windows and pipes for condensation problems and fix them. Fix leaky pipes. Look outside the house for anything causing constant moisture near the foundation, such as the air conditioning unit.
Look for any openings in the house
Preventing bugs requires you to install door sweeps and repair window screens. Check around pipes where they enter the walls. Fill any gaps with silicone or with steel wool. Check for cracks along baseboards and around the outside of window frames. Check door frames, furnace flues, electrical outlets, and vents. Seal any gaps.
Repair any holes in walls and ceilings. Install screens over vents, floor drains, and ducts. And keep seldom-used drains plugged. Install foam strips or spring-loaded strips around windows and doors.
Check Outside of House
Check outside the house and remove wood piles and debris near the foundation. Mulch should be kept 3 to 4 feet from the foundation.
Seal openings around windows, door frames, and between the foundation and brick or siding. Check the corners of the house and around pipes, flues, and vents. Not only will you eliminate openings for pests, but you will seal routes for cold air to enter the house.
You could also seal all crevices in your cupboards, eliminating hiding places. Remember to leave some room for the house to breathe.
Preventing bugs in the kitchen takes some work, but it is doable.
Why do I have tiny bugs in the kitchen?
Weevils are tiny bugs that can often be found in kitchen cupboards. They can cause a lot of damage to foods, so it’s important to take steps to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place. One way to do this is to ensure that your food is properly sealed and stored. You should also clean up any crumbs or spills as soon as they occur.
Where do pantry bugs come from?
Pantry bugs come from various places, but the most common are groceries. They can hide in foods like grains, cereals, and flour. Once they’re in your cupboard, they can be challenging to get rid of.
How can I tell if my cupboard has a bug problem?
There are a few telltale signs that your kitchen cupboard may be infested with bugs. First, look for small, dark spots where the bugs might congregate inside the cabinet. If you see any evidence of insects, there is a good chance they have infiltrated other areas of your home. Additionally, if you notice an increase in the number of cockroaches or spiders around your house, they are likely attracted to the cupboard bug problem.
If you already have pests, see the article “Cleaning Up after Pests; Beetles, Larva and Cockroaches.”