5 foods in your home that attract pests

Just like human beings, pests also require 3 basic needs to survive: shelter, food, and water. Talking about food… with plenty of food ingredients and ready-to-eat foods that are found in your home, numerous pests already lurking to eat all your foods as well. Yuck!

Rodents like mice or rats will eat anything in sight and smell; a loaf of bread with a spread of peanut butter is an excellent menu for this kind of pest. Crawling insects like cockroaches and ants 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

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Who doesn’t like to spread peanut butter on one slice of bread during breakfast? Besides becoming your perfect grab-and-go breakfast, peanut butter also turned out to be highly attractive for pests. Peanut butter consists of fat and proteins that attract cockroaches and rodents, such as rats and mice easily with its great smell and taste.

Crumbs

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Never underestimate food crumbs that fall on the floor or table. The 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 contains a veritable feast for household pests like ants and cockroaches to come!

Cereals and flours

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Quick and healthy for breakfast; a bowl of cereals and milk has undoubtedly become everyone's 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 you store a bag of flour in a food-grade container with a tight-sealing lid, not only keeps your flour from absorbing moisture but also ensures that there are no pest insects such as flour beetles get to it.

Fresh produce

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As their name suggests, fruit flies appeal to fruits as well as vegetables. This type of fly can smell fresh fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. Thus, leaving fresh produce uncovered in the kitchen is surely a big mistake; because it will only attract fruit flies to come quickly.

Female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs near 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 in refrigerators (as they will not survive in cold temperatures).

Loaf of bread

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With its agility to move fast, jump, and climb; it's not impossible for rats to down-climb from the roof to target open shelves where you store a loaf of bread in the kitchen. Rats will eat just about anything humans eat. But if you ask what their favorite food is, then the answer: rats love to eat any type of wheat and grain processed foods… of course like your bread!

For added peace of mind, learn more about 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 lying around
  • Store all food supplies in airtight containers or refrigerator
  • Wipe up crumbs and all spills immediately – don’t wait until pests come
  • Be more careful in choosing fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, and ensure the fresh produce that you buy is less likely to have fruit flies
  • Don’t keep any ripe fruit or vegetables on the counter table in the kitchen – it is better to store them in the refrigerator if you plan to cook them later

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