Pantry Pest Prevention: Who Else is Eating Your Cereal?

Posted on: January 1, 2020 by in Pest Elimination
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Ever walked into the pantry, excited for a delicious snack, when you see… the ants have beaten you to it. It’s not a great feeling; not will you have to throw away any open food, but you also have to try and get rid of them before the whole nest marches in to steal your food. It sucks.

So, what can you do to prevent these pantry raiders from finding their way in? Here are 5 tips to keep your pantry pest-free.


  1. Make Use of Jars and Tupperware

If you’re not someone who hoards Tupperware, it’s time to start. Keeping any food in its original packaging is, unfortunately, inviting pests into your pantry. We can pick up the phone and order food whenever we like, but our household pests still have to go on the hunt for great sources of food, and your pantry is like hitting the jackpot – and they’re not going to give it up without a fight. Put everything in glass, plastic, or metal airtight containers. (Your food will last longer, too!)


  1. Clean Shelves Frequently

Even if you put all your food in airtight containers, you’ll likely drop crumbs when you take food out. Consider the size of a crumb and the size of an ant’s mouth and you’ll see why they’re so determined to get into your pantry even if there aren’t any packets to get into. Wipe shelves almost as often as you wipe your kitchen countertops (which also helps prevent these pests).


  1. Use Lemon Scented Cleaning Products

While DIY attempts to eradicate a pest infestation probably won’t be enough to tackle the problem, they will help you repel rodents from your pantry. Many insects are supposedly repelled by lemon and other strong scents, and if nothing else it will help cover the smell of food that attracts them in the first place.


  1. Block Entrances

If you’ve ever seen a pest in your pantry it’s time to think about where and how they’re getting in. A spider or two may crawl under the door because they like the dry and dark room, but they won’t be interested in your food. Ants and mice, however, are finding their way in elsewhere. Look around the pantry walls and block any possible entry points.


  1. Check Packaging

Want to know a creepy fact? Some pests make their way into your home by hitching a ride on or in the food you buy at the store. Check for broken packaging at the store and move your food into your airtight containers and throw away the packaging as soon as you get home. When you buy fruit and vegetables, wash them and move them straight into your refrigerator or a container.


These tips will significantly decrease your likelihood of a pest infestation in your pantry, but if you find yourself in a losing battle, it’s time to call in the experts. ProChem Proactive [link:], based in Las Vegas, guarantees your pest problem will be completely eliminated. If you need us, click here to get an instant free quote [link:] or call us on 866-674-7779.