How to Get Rid of Common Pantry Pests in the Office Kitchen
The office kitchen can be a breeding ground for common pests because let’s face it, it’s not the cleanest place in the building. Things like sugar, non-dairy creamer, flour, and other food items are often spilled and simply left behind and these things attract bugs like magnets.
When you discover evidence of these critters, your first thought might be to grab a can of Raid, but you have to remember that the office kitchen is where you and your coworkers prepare their breakfasts and lunches. The last thing you want to do is spray a toxic chemical throughout this space. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help control the infestation without harming your food or your health.
Natural Methods for Removing Common Pantry Pests
The first thing you’re going to want to do is remove absolutely everything from the pantry. Throw away any food items that you believe have been infiltrated. Next, give the pantry shelves a very thorough cleaning. You don’t want one piece of food left behind or the pests will seek it out.
Once the cleaning has been accomplished, you should then remove all dry goods (cereals, non-dairy creamers, flour, sugar, etc.) from their original containers and store them instead in containers featuring tight-closing lids. Since bugs like weevils, beetles, and moths love dining on dry goods, storing them in air-tight containers will help keep their presence to a minimum.
Other tactics you can implement include:
- Continue cleaning the pantry regularly
- Avoid purchasing broken or damaged goods as they have a higher risk of already being infested
- Clean old containers thoroughly and let fully dry before adding fresh food to it
- Remove infested food immediately
- Place pantry pest traps in the pantry if you suspect pests
For Effective and Safe Removal of Pantry Pests, Call JP McHale
Sometimes, a pest infestation can be much worse than one expects. In such cases, going the DIY route can be costly and unfortunately, ineffective. If you have a bug problem in your office kitchen, call the professionals. We will get rid of your pests quickly, and even more importantly, safely. Our Integrated Pest Management solutions are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and designed for sensitive areas. Give JP McHale a call today for a free estimate.