Just like human being, pests is also require 3 basic needs in order to survive: shelter, food and water. Talking about food… with plenty of food ingredients and ready to eat foods that found in your home, there are also numerous pests who already lurking to eat all your foods as well. Yuck!
Rodents like mice or rats will eat anything in sight and smell; loaf of bread with spread of peanut butter are definitely an excellent menu for these kind of pest. Crawling insects like cockroach and ants are surely love a good snack like your cookies.
Now, the question: are you willing to share your food with them at home?
Let’s take a look at the top 5 foods in your home that could attract pests to come below.
- Peanut butter – cockroaches, rodents
- Crumbs – ants, cockroaches
- Cereals and flours – grain beetles
- Fresh produce (vegetables and fruits) – fruit flies
- Loaf of bread – rats
Who don’t like to spread peanut butter on one slice of bread during breakfast? Besides become your perfect grab-and-go breakfast, peanut butter it also turned out to be highly attractive for pests. Peanut butter consist of fat and proteins that attracts cockroaches and rodents, such as rats and mice easily with its great smell and taste.
Never underestimate food crumbs that fall on the floor or table. A smallest food crumbs on the floor can be enough to feed a tiny pest alive or even worse… feed a whole colony! Leaving any crumbs on the floor contain a veritable feast for household pest to come like ants and cockroaches.
Cereals and flours
Quick and healthy for breakfast; a bowl of cereals and milk are undoubtedly become everyone favorite breakfast menu. Properly stored, an opened cereal will generally last up to 2 or 3 months at room temperature. Grain beetles are most likely to be found in foods that are stored for long periods, like your breakfast cereals.
If you love to bake and cook make sure if you store a bag of flour in a food-grade container with a tight-sealing lid, not only keeping your flour from absorbing moisture and it also ensure that there are no pest insects such as flour beetles get to it.
As their name suggests, fruit flies are appeal to fruits as well as vegetables. This type of flies are able to smell the of fresh fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. Thus, leaving fresh produce uncover in the kitchen are surely a big mistakes; because it will only attract fruit flies to come quickly.
Female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs near to your fresh produce at their very short life cycle. They will contaminate your fresh produce with bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Hence, it’s a good idea to stop the fly fruit infestation as soon as possible by storing your fresh produce into the refrigerators (as they will not survive in cold temperatures).
Loaf of bread
With its agility to move fast, jump and climbing; its not impossible for rats to down-climbing from the roof to target open shelves where you store a loaf of bread in the kitchen. Basically, rats will eat just about anything humans eat. But if you ask what their favorite food, then the answer is: rats love to eat any type of wheat and grain processed foods… of course like your bread!
For added piece of mind, learn more on the simple pest prevention tips you can do at home to keep these pests out of reach!
Here’s how to keep pests away from your food
- Don’t leave any foods out in the open laying around
- Store all food supplies in airtight containers or refrigerator
- Wipe up crumbs and all spills immediately – don’t wait until pests to come
- Be more careful in choosing fruits and vegetables on the grocery store, ensure the fresh produce that you bought are less likely to have fruit flies
- Don’t keep any ripe fruit or vegetables on the counter table in the kitchen – its better to store it in the refrigerator if you planned to cook it later
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