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How To Store Food So It’s Pest Proof

Pests are highly attracted to food. Especially any food which has been stored in a less than ideal way and isn’t pest proof. If you run a restaurant kitchen or have pest problems at home, then this is something you must take note of. It’s important that stored goods are pest proof. If you have read our post on pest prevention during lockdown, you already known that if you don’t do this, then you’re more likely to find a nasty surprise in your ingredients.

Pests are attracted to foods of all kinds

To pest proof your kitchen goods, you need to start by paying attention to the type of goods you store. Different types of goods will attract different pests. For example, cereals and grains left in bags or boxes are foods that attract rodents. Things like flour can attract pantry moths. While sweet foods will attract ants.

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Remember, most pests have a highly developed sense of smell, and will easily detect the presence of food. Once they know you have stored food around, these pests will quickly get into your boxes and packages.

Certain pests, like rats, can go through cardboard boxes like a hot knife through butter. Even the strongest packaging is no obstacle for their powerful teeth. On the other hand, food that is in tins or stored in plastic containers is generally more pest proof. Yes, some pests can get into these, but it’s a lot harder for them.

Securely pest proof your kitchen goods

Pests are likely to find badly stored food sooner or later. The easiest way to prevent this is simply by storing food properly. All food should be inside sealed plastic containers. These should be placed in cupboards, pantries and fridges, which must also seal tightly. Something else you can do is store goods as far off the ground as possible. Ideally you should keep food in high cupboards.

pest proof fridge

Pests are also attracted by the presence of food debris in the general area. If your kitchen is a mess or you have food crumbs all over your floors, then this will attract pests. Cleaning for pest control is remarkably effective.

Finally, you can help to pest proof your kitchen by making sure to keep an eye out for pests. If you see one pest then there are bound to be others. Make sure to routinely check your stored products. Pest problems sometimes go unnoticed, and this is why they often become such a problem.

One of the easiest and best ways to pest proof stored goods in business premises, is simply by having a pest control contract. Routine maintenance will ensure that pests are kept away. It will also ensure that pests do not have time to breed and destroy your supplies.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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