Kitchens are often the main hub of our homes, where our families gather at the end of each day to cook a meal and spend quality time together. But what if that sacred space had some very unwelcome visitors? The type of visitors we don’t want to gather, where we store, cook and eat our food – and these visitors are pests!
The most common pests that enter our kitchens are cockroaches, mice, rats, flies and pantry pests. Once they invade, they can spread bacteria and ruin our once sacred space.
There’s no worse scene than watching a cockroach scuttle across your floor and under the fridge when you enter the room. Cockroaches spread lots of different bacteria, including salmonella. Also, their saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies create proteins that can trigger allergies, and often increase the severity of asthma symptoms.
With winter upon us, more and more of us will have our homes invaded by rodents. They can spread diseases such as salmonella, and also carry other pests with them such as ticks and fleas. Mice and rats will chew through wires, increasing the risk of home fires, and will also gnaw through wood. Once rodents have invaded your kitchen, they will quickly make a home and reproduce at lightning speed, so prevention is key.
Once a fly has identified a good food source, they will do all they can to get to it. Because of their tiny size, getting into a home through minute cracks and holes is easy for them.
Common pantry pests are beetles and ants. These types of insect gather around stored food in pantries and cupboards.
Prevention against pests
- Immediately clean any crumbs or spillages from around your kitchen.
- Store all leftovers and food in airtight containers.
- Empty the bin regularly.
- When purchasing food, check packets are sealed.
- If you keep fresh fruit in a bowl, check it often for signs of rot and dispose of it straight outside.
- Don’t let dirty dishes pile up, or soak in the sink for long periods of time.
- Seal cracks and crevices around your kitchen, especially near water pipes, as moisture is a big attraction for pests.