Stored product pests (SPP) know where to find the “good stuff” in any home or commercial kitchen. That’s why they often invade areas in the kitchen where food is typically stored. Nobody wants to be greeted by these unwelcome visitors when they open up their pantry or cabinet, so give customers these three steps for prevention:
- Seal food containers and store items separately, while keeping tabs on expiration dates and discarding food items as they age.
- Deep-clean areas around appliances on a regular basis, as crumbs can accumulate and attract insects — not only SPP, but ants and other pests. Also, be sure to seal any cracks and crevices around countertops to prevent the buildup of food.
- Ensure food is stored in temperature-controlled rooms, as it can accumulate moisture if not stored properly, creating an ideal habitat for insects. This goes for pet food and birdseed, too.