Pest Control 101: Common Black Bugs Found in the Kitchen and How to Dispose of Them

Pest Control 101: Common Black Bugs Found in the Kitchen and How to Dispose of Them

How to stop bugs from infecting your kitchen?

  1. Clean the area after using it.
  2. Place your food in air-tight containers.
  3. Seal all cracks and crevices that allow pests to enter your kitchen.
  4. Don’t leave food and water on your pet’s bowl.

 

For many homeowners, the kitchen is one of the areas of their house that should always be in pristine condition and free of germs. They would buy numerous cleaning agents, tools, and even organizers just to ensure the overall neatness and freshness of the space.

In addition to these sanitation measures are the different pest control methods from the pesky rodents and bugs that invade the kitchen.

Such preventive measures regarding the area’s sanitation are only normal and should not be considered as an exaggeration. This is because the kitchen is the area in the house where the food is prepared and stored, meaning it should have a low level of bacteria build-up.

In the Philippines, there are specific insects that are extremely drawn to the kitchen area of a house due to the flavorful meals prepared in it.

But before you call the local pest control in your community, you must first know what these critters are and how to prevent them from invading your kitchen.

Lucky for you, there’s no need to look any further because this article has everything that you need to know about these pesky kitchen invaders.

All there is left for you to do is to keep on reading.

Ants

Ants

Unfortunately, the ants found in the Philippines are present throughout the whole year, unlike in other countries where ants only come out every summer.

Even though these tiny critters commonly nest in the garden, they still travel to the inside of the house to hunt for food.

Despite their small size, ants can still cause harm to people by bringing them the discomfort that their bite could inflict. Apart from this, eating food pieces that are contaminated by ants can possibly result in food poisoning.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Even though cockroaches are not technically black in color, it is still a dark toned insect that often lives and breeds in warm areas like the kitchen.

Aside from the unpleasant odor that they emit which are often absorbed by food products and other items, cockroaches can also cause infectious diseases. Common diseases caused by cockroaches are salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and typhoid.

What is even more alarming about cockroaches is their ability to breed quickly.

 Ways to Prevent Pests in the Kitchen

Ways to Prevent Pests in the Kitchen

They say that prevention is better than cure; the same thing could be said for maintaining a pest-free kitchen.

To help you out, here are some methods you can do to stop pests from being drawn to your kitchen:

Immediately Clean the Area

Since pests are drawn to the food stored and eaten in the kitchen, it is only normal to clean it after every use. A specific way of practicing this is by wiping right away all of the food crumbs and liquid spills on the dining table, cabinets, and even on the floor.

Leaving the dishes undone in the sink could still draw in pests which is why it is essential to clean the dishes right away and avoid letting it sit exposed for a period of time.

If there is any leftover food from the recent meal, position them right inside the refrigerator to prevent possible contamination.

Another aspect of the kitchen’s cleanliness is the trash bins because the leftover food pieces inside are very inviting to pests. In order to avoid such concerns, it is highly advisable to regularly take out the trash to avoid the wastes from accumulating in the area which could draw in pests.

Choose Your Food Products Based on Their Packaging

As much as possible, purchase food products that are packaged in jars or cans because these containers are extremely difficult for pests to contaminate.

Unfortunately, not all products available in the market are packaged in solid containers. For products like those, it is highly advised to store them in solid and air-tight containers because ants can still tear into plastic packets which food products are commonly stored in.

Check the Area for Possible Entrance   

Ants and cockroaches are small insects that can surely squeeze themselves through tiny cracks and openings.

While doing your regular kitchen clean-up, make sure to keep an eye out for small cracks on the walls where insects could enter. In the event that there is a possible entryway for pests, immediately mend the area.

Regularly Replace the Food and Water in the Pet’s Dish Bowl

Even dog foods are enticing to pests, which is why it is not ideal to let your pet’s food and water for a long time.

Not only will it draw in more pests, but also harm the health of your pet if they accidentally ingest bugs.

 

Key Takeaway

Ants and cockroaches often infest the kitchen due to the food supply stored within the area.

If you want to stop these pesky pests from contaminating your food, just follow the guidelines mentioned earlier and you’re all set to have an ant and cockroach-free kitchen.

The Basics of Pest Control

The Basics of Pest Control

Pest control is a phrase you would often hear if you are a homeowner. Most people utilize them in order to ensure that their household is clean and free from diseases caused by insects such as mosquitoes, rodents, termites, ants, among others.

Some manage to do pest control on their own, without calling for specialists, to eradicate their problems. However, others—either because they don’t have the time and energy or because they have no idea how—choose to call services that will help them get rid of pests.

For those who have little to no idea about pest control, you can gain some knowledge about it by reading some of the information below.

What is Pest Control?

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What is Pest Control?

Homes around the country are all susceptible to infestation, may it be mild or severe. Nonetheless, pest control is your best bet; and before we get to the essence and importance of it, it’s best that you have a concrete knowledge of what the service really is and what it is for.

First off, when you hear the word pests, what do you usually think of? Cockroaches? Ants? Termites? Or even something more massive like rats, snakes, and the sort? Well, if those were the exact ‘pests’ you were thinking of when hearing the word, you’re right… mostly. After all, like most terms in the English dictionary, the term can be wide and diverse.

Regardless of what they are, they are all prey to the services of many pest control teams. These guys are trained to and specialize in identifying the kind of pest that invades your home, locating the source, and eventually, dealing with it.

Now, you may be thinking, “So, do pest control services end up killing these animals?” Well, not exactly. In fact, killing these pests are usually reserved for drastic measures that need to be taken, or rather for insects. In this case, what these services do is that they are able to deter the pest’s attention to something else, or at the very least do whatever it takes to drive them away from your home. That specific method is a more humane way to deal with pests, which is what most people go for nowadays.

What Do These Services Use?

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What Do These Services Use?

As there are numerous methods in getting rid of pests, these services also usually use an array of equipment to better aid them in getting the job done, with much of their equipment being available for commercial and household use. If you’re wondering what they are, here are some examples:

  • Insecticides/Pesticides

While different in nature and composition, they posses the same function: to be sprayed onto affected areas and eliminate any trace of insects in the area. Also, while they are easy to use, they should be used with extreme caution as the fumes can be a bit toxic and intense to breathe in, thus it’s important for everyone in the area to vacate for a little bit. That way, the insecticide/pesticide can have enough time to take effect.

  • Traps

This form of equipment is usually reserved for larger pests such as rats, mice, and lizards. They can also come in different variants. For instance, mice/rat traps can be placed on any crevice within the home; or, there are sticky paper traps for sure trapping purposes that can be placed under any surface of any furniture within the home. Either way, this is one of the most effective tools to use for pest managing.

  • Ultrasonic Plug-ins

If you want an easier, more effective way in driving away pests from your home, simply plug this tool in any socket of your home and, in time, the ultrasonic sound waves will prove too much for them and send every pest lurking in the corners of your home to be on their way out with their bags packed.

 

Key Takeaway

So, all in all, is pest control really that necessary? With all that you’ve read and absorbed, the answer is, without a doubt, a definite YES! Sure, there are some instances when you can simply stomp these pests on sight; but, nothing is more effective than the wonders of this kind of service for your home.

Luckily for you, Topbest is just around the corner to take care of your pest management needs. If you’re interested in availing our services, then you can consult a free consultation here!

Pest Control 101: Are Snails Pests?

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Snails would definitely rank high among gardeners’ most despised entities. They are for a fact classified as pests and when your garden gets infested, pest control should be summoned immediately. They emerge from hiding at night and chew holes in leaves and flowers of many garden fruits and plants. This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are plenty of facts that one must know in order to control and manage this little slug. So in this article we will be discussing a little more about snails.

Let’s Talk About Snails Baby

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There are thousands of snail species, but a few of them are just widely known as the Garden Snail or the Roman Snail. Most people would usually associate snails as lazy and not good for much; most of these perceptions might have been shaped because of the animated cartoon show Spongebob Squarepants, wherein the main character’s pet happens to be a snail. In real life, land snails are more invasive because they cause great damage to agriculture and food production.

In the past, snails have been relevant and useful because they are consumed for survival purposes. Unfortunately, nowadays their role have become much more of the protagonist because of their behaviour. As a matter of fact, snails can have a long life because their life span depends on their habitat and species. If it so happens that you have a vast or wide land of crops, then they will surely host plenty of snails.

They Do Things Slowly and Slimy

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Aside from being extremely slow, snails leave behind a trail of mucus when moving. This mucus acts as a powerful lubricant that reduces friction against the surface, which is why they are able to move upside down, around corners and other ways too.

While they don’t move fast, they do move at a steady pace. Talk about consistency; also let it be known these pests are one of the slowest moving creatures in the entire planet. The most a garden snail can go about 50 yards in an hour (top speed already) which is equivalent to 1.3 cm. per second.

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At first, you wouldn’t notice these pests because they love to infest during night time. In order for you to spot them, you will need night vision goggles to hunt. Once you have them on, it will be quite easy to find them because they leave out slimy trails behind.

How Can You Manage Them?

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First, be sure your garden is situated in the sunniest spot available. Then remove garden objects, adjacent plants or ground covers which can serve as shady shelters to these pests. Also don’t forget to reduce moist surfaces as much as possible.

If you’re thinking about using baits to capture them, then think again because it would be really difficult considering the pace they are able to go. The only effective way to manage is to remove their prospect shelter and food.

If all else fails, you can always call on pest control! We’ll be there in a jiffy to take care of your worries. Give us a call now.