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Bug Proofing Your Kitchen

Along with the heat and longer days of summer come unwanted visitors in your home: All types of bugs also love the warm weather and the open windows and doors that come with the summer season. Keeping your home bug free can be a real challenge during the summer, and once these unwelcome guests have found a new home, they can be very difficult to remove. As Red Deer’s premier real estate agency, we would like to offer the following tips and advice to keep the bugs out of your beloved home.


The Pantry

The most important room to keep clean and orderly is your kitchen. The last thing you want is to open up your pantry cupboards and find bugs in your flour, pasta or pet food. There are many different types of pantry bugs that can infest any dry goods you store in your pantry. It is highly recommended that you store all dry goods such as pasta, flour, rice etc. in sealable containers, as some bugs can and will eat right through the packaging your food comes in.

It is also recommended that you freeze all flour and cereals for a minimum of 3 days before storing it in a sealable container. This is to ensure that any bugs that may come in the flour or cereal are dead. Keep all pantry shelves clear of any crumbs or food debris and wipe down all shelves and vacuum shelves monthly. Finally, frequently inspect all dry goods in your pantry for bugs and remove any infested food immediately to prevent any bugs from spreading to other dry goods. If the problem persists, contact an exterminator for assistance.


Clean Up

It is a good habit to ensure that your kitchen is cleaned daily to keep bugs out. Make sure that the garbage is changed frequently, remove all food scraps daily and do not leave dirty dishes lying around; either wash them or load them in a dishwasher. Also, do not leave your dishes filled with water soaking in the sink for long periods, as all bugs need water to survive and this water will attract unwanted visitors. Remember to keep your floors clear of any food scraps or debris by frequently sweeping and mopping. Do not leave uncovered food out for any extended period of time, as this may also attract bugs. Finally, wash and store all fruit in the fridge to prevent fruit flies from breeding and invading your kitchen.

No one wants to have a kitchen full of bugs. By following these tips and advice, you should be able to keep your kitchen and pantry free of all bugs and other unwanted pests. Remember to store all dry goods in sealable containers and to frequently clean your kitchen to prevent bugs from setting up home in your kitchen. If you are looking for your new dream home that has a modern kitchen for all your cooking needs, take a look through our listings and give us a call today!

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