Tips To Avoid Pests While Baking For The Holidays
November 20, 2018
There’s something wonderful about this time of year. After a hot summer, the temperatures finally get bearable, and all the foods that didn’t appeal much to us from May through September start making our mouths water again. Things like soups, stews, and comfort food go back on our menus. And as we approach the holidays, we start to crave all those wonderful baked goods. Pies, cookies, cakes… the list is endless.
If you enjoy baking for the holidays, especially if you like to give a lot of your confections away, you know the importance of having a clean kitchen and high-quality ingredients. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your kitchen is pest-free.
What Pests to Look Out For
There are a number of pests that might get into your home and kitchen this time of year, but some are more likely to ruin your baking than others.
Pantry pests are bad news because you’ll find them in the ingredients that you plan to use. The name pantry pest is actually a broad classification for the various types of beetles and moths that invade, eat, and lay eggs in common pantry items such as flour, cereal, chocolate, and sugar.
If you open a bag of flour and discover wiggly little larvae in there, your home has probably become the victim to one type of pantry pest or another. Although they’re not dangerous, they will contaminate your food, costing money and time, and causing aggravation.
Because we live in Florida, most ants remain active all or most of the year. There are many different types of ants and quite a few of them would love nothing better than to live in your kitchen, feasting on all the sweet or greasy foods they can find.
Although most ants are not considered dangerous, they are a nuisance and, if they get into your food stores, you’ll have to throw them out.
If rodents get into your home, you probably won’t find them in your baking ingredients, but you’ll see the signs of them all over your kitchen. Rodents will leave droppings wherever they go, contaminating your countertops, food-preparation areas, utensils, dishes, and ingredients.
Rodents are more than nuisance pests. They can spread a number of diseases and illnesses that will make you, your family, and your friends sick.
How to Prevent These Pests
In order to make the most of your holiday baking this year, you’ll want to make sure none of these pests get into your home. There are several things you can do to ensure that they don’t.
- Check around the outside of your home for possible entry points. Even the smallest holes or cracks are big enough for small insects, and even mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel. Fill all holes, cracks, and gaps that you find, including around doors and windows. Repair any tears or holes in screens. Cap your chimney. Cover all vents.
- Consider what you have outside that might attract pests to your property. Do you leave pet food or open garbage containers outside? Is there a water source, like a bird bath? Does your landscaping provide a lot of hiding spots for pests that prefer shaded, secluded areas?
- Inside, put food away when not in use.
- Clean spills, messes, dishes, and countertops immediately.
- Vacuum and sweep regularly.
- Empty the trash frequently.
If you find you already have a pest problem in your house, give Nozzle Nolen a call. We’ve been fixing pest problems for over 60 years and can help take care of whatever is getting in the way, so you can get back to doing what you love. Happy baking!
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