Everyone wants to enjoy a delicious meal made in the kitchen. For some, this place is the most essential room in the house where they can express their culinary imagination. But how would you feel if you cannot wait to have a meal and catch pests walking around the kitchen counters and on the floor?
Kitchens are known to be vulnerable to pest infestations considering all the hidden holes we are unaware of. Not only they are gross and unwanted, but they can also pose a serious health risk to you or your close ones. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get rid of the seemingly indestructible creatures from your home once and for all!
The main types of kitchen pests you can encounter are:
What attracts insects and bugs to the kitchen?
Pests like most living creatures need the three essential elements to survive: shelter, water, and food. Kitchens can become an attractive harborage for pests when temperatures drop, particularly when they need shelter. The warmth provided by cooking appliances together with the abundance of food and water helps them feel right at home. Moreover, trash and cluttered cabinets serve as an ideal nesting site for rodents.
10 ways you can prevent pests and ants from infesting your kitchen:
You may know chalk from crime scenes in which investigators use them for drawing lines. It is believed that ants avoid chalk due to the calcium carbonate, but what is more certain is that they won’t cross a chalk line. Therefore, draw some lines around windows and doorways and keep them away from your home.
Believe it or not, ants can’t stand the refreshing smell of peppermint we all like. One idea you can implements is to unwrap peppermint candles and place them on all critical places around the house. Another idea is to make a homemade peppermint spray using 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, distilled water, and 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake it up, and spray over the holes in the kitchen or any place the ants seem to be infesting. Peppermint spray is a natural remedy that will remove pests and at the same time will make your home smell fresh.
Ants rely on their sense of smell; therefore the best way to keep them out of your house is to cut off their scent trail. All you need to do is fill up a spray bottle with ¼ cup of dish detergent and pour water. Look for the places the ants come from and spray those areas with the mixture. The final result is killing the ants that invade your home, or the ones that survive will lose their scent trail. This won’t let them lead other ants back to your kitchen or anywhere at your home.
Some people cannot stand the smell of garlic, but those who do not mind it can use garlic as a natural ant removal. Cut a few cloves of garlic and leave them in places where ants and pests mostly enter your house. Soon after you will realize your house is pest-free.
If you are a pet owner you probably have dealt with ants crawling onto food that is left uneaten. As you shouldn’t use any store-bought pest-repellent around the bowls where your peats eat, you need to make a natural pet-friendly repellent.
In such a case, put a thin layer of petroleum jelly beneath or near the base of the bowl. Jelly is too slippery, so ants won’t be able to crawl in your pet’s food.
Cucumbers are a perfect snack in summer days, as it contains a lot of water. You can now enjoy the refreshing taste of cucumbers, and at the same time use the peel to get rid of ants and pests. There are two ways you can use cucumbers: first, you can slice them into thin discs and place them by the entryways. Second, peel the cucumber off and lay the peelings around the windows and doorways. Both ways can prevent pests or ants in your house or kill them.
Coffee lovers will absolutely love this natural pest repellent. You can now dump your used coffee grounds directly on top of the anthill and prevent them from crawling. If you are unaware of any hill the ants and pests might be crawling from, sprinkle coffee grounds around the entrance of your home.
It is not jet certain what causes ants to avoid cinnamon – the smell or something else. Nevertheless, people claim they successfully got rid of ants and pests with the use of cinnamon. Put cinnamon sticks or powder by windows and doors or the places the ants are accessing your kitchen.
Lemon can be used in two ways to prevent a pest invasion. In the first case, if you are aware of the entering points, spray lemon juice, or if you don’t know where they come from, pour lemon juice into small dishes and leave them by the entrances of the house. Ants are known to avoid the smell and acidity of lemons; therefore they won’t come near it. Keep in mind that ants are attracted to sugar, so you won’t put any in the dishes.
Vinegar has many uses in the household, from cleaning the house, washing clothes, neutralize unpleasant odors, to prevent an ant infestation. This natural tip can prevent ants from invading your home. Mix a half-and-half solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it directly on the ants. Wipe the dead ants with a damp paper towel and have an ant-free kitchen and home.
Ants and pests can pose many threats to your health, so it is essential to prevent any infestation.