Foods That Invite Pests Into Your Home
Most, if not all, homeowners take great pride in their homes. They dedicate countless hours to cleaning and maintaining the structure. They even spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to decorate, remodel, and add onto their homes to make it cozier and more appealing to their families and friends.
Like typical homeowners, you want to keep your home clean and free of unwanted pests. But when bugs and critters find their way into your home, you may not know what attracted them in the first place. Despite your efforts to pest-proof your home, insects and rodents can still get inside-especially when they see or smell food.
Below, we've listed some of the most common foods that attract pests into your home. We also discuss alternative storage methods and tell you how to prevent pests from entering your house in the future.
Fruits and Vegetables
You love to stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables. But the foods you use to make your smoothies, salads, and other side dishes actually attract several kinds of pests. You may want to keep your fruits and veggies stored in a basket from the ceiling or on the counter. However, this storage method leaves these foods vulnerable to pests.
Additionally, if you leave cut-up fruits and vegetables on the table or counter, pests will do whatever they can to eat those foods.
Rather than leave fruits and vegetables out in the open, try to store them inside your refrigerator if possible. If you have to keep some items out, try to use them as quickly as possible. As fruits and vegetables ripen, they may leak juices that only attract more pests into your home.
Some insects and rodents are omnivores, so they're attracted by the smells of raw and cooking meats. Whether you choose to cook meat inside each day or host a springtime picnic in your backyard, you'll want to carefully store your meats before, during, and after cooking.
Keep your raw meats inside plastic storage bags or airtight storage containers until you're ready to cook them. You should also store meats in your fridge until about half an hour before you cook them. As you put meat in the frying pan or on the grill, keep the excess meat in a covered container or bowl. Once you've cooked each piece of meat, keep it covered until you need to store the leftovers.
Rodents like mice and rats will eat anything in sight and smell. However, they prefer to eat foods full of carbohydrates and sugars-and chocolate is their food of choice. If you have any chocolate in your home, make sure to store it in durable, airtight container. You can even place this container in a cupboard to further reduce the chances of mice seeing or smelling the chocolate. Grains
Several kinds of pests (including mice, weevils, beetles, and moths) thrive off of grains. Make sure to securely package and store the following:
- Pancake mix
- Cake mix
If you have legumes (such as beans and lentils) in your pantry, you'll also want to store them in sturdy containers. Most pests can smell these foods, and they'll gnaw through most packaging to get to the grains inside. However, if you store these items inside durable containers, the pests likely won't smell the grains. As a result, they're less likely to infest your home.
Smaller pests like flies, ants, weevils, and beetles prefer to nibble on the crumbs you leave behind on your floors, tables, and countertops. Specifically, they enjoy eating crumbs from the following foods:
No matter what foods you eat, thoroughly wipe down your tabletops and counters, and sweep your floors well. As you keep these surfaces free of crumbs, you reduce the chances that a pest will enter your home to get to a food source.
One Final Tip
Although most pests will eat whatever kind of food they can find, an overwhelming majority of rodents and critters prefer to eat decaying foods found in your trash. Make sure to take out the garbage regularly and to store full garbage bags inside a sealed trash receptacle. This step reduces the amount of bugs and critters inside your home and on your property.
When you have fewer food sources available, pests won't find your home as attractive. As a result, you can enjoy a pest-free home that looks and feels the way you want it to.
Use the tips listed above to properly store your foods and keep pests outside your home. If you need help ridding your home of any pest, get in touch with a local pest control specialist. You can even contact a professional that specializes in green pest control services so you don't have to use harmful pesticides to clear your home of bugs.
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