We can all agree that termites are the worst insect to have in your house, but next on the list should be bugs that invade your kitchen. These bugs are nasty, and can potentially create health issues for your family. Let’s cover three of the worst kitchen insects, and ways you can keep each of them from invading.

Indian meal moths. These reddish, copper moths measure five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch, and feed on grains, seeds, chocolate, powdered milk, candies, fruits, and pet food. If indian meal moths get into your pantry, it is only a matter of time before they get into your kitchen. The hazard with Indian meal moths is that they contaminate food products.

These little moths hitchhike into your pantry in food packages from the grocery store, so be sure to look for tears, rips, and holes in food packaging before purchasing. They can also slip into your home through the door, or holes in your screens. Outside lighting and light escaping your windows at night, will lure this moth near your home. When given a chance, they will enter with you, so be on guard.

Ants. There are many kinds of ants, and each of them have different characteristics that make them an unwanted pest. Besides the gross factor, ants can damage property, and contaminate food. If they travel through something rotting or sceptic, they can bring that contamination into your food cabinets.

Sealing up cracks in your foundation, and using a caulking gun to fill rotted holes in the wood of your house, will go a long way to keeping ants out, but at the end of the day, exclusion relies upon decreasing the motivation of this insect.

  • Keep your floors, counters, and shelves clean.
  • Deep clean under and behind your stove and refrigerator.
  • Don’t leave fruit out.
  • Lay pet food down only during meal time.
  • Don’t leave food crumbs on plates.
  • Put pantry foods in hard plastic containers.
  • Keep food stores dry.

Cockroaches. Of the three, this is the worst. Roaches have the potential to carry a number of bacteria and diseases on and in their bodies. Their excrement contaminants food, utensils, and dishes, and their shell causes an allergic asthmatic response in some humans. Many homeowners fight cockroach related illness and don’t even realize the source is the roach population living in their home. They see one or two cockroaches and think that is all they have. Though, one cockroach is one too many, the reality is, if you see a couple cockroaches running around your kitchen, there are probably hundreds in your walls. Cockroaches don’t typically allow themselves to be seen, unless they are desperate for food. Desperation comes from overpopulation. Here are a few ways to keep those roaches out.

  • Check boxes and bags before bringing them into the house.
  • If you have stepped on a roach, clean the bottom of your shoe. Roach eggs can survive the death of the mother.
  • Use the deep cleaning tips above.
  • Keep trash in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes stacked. Put them in soapy water.

None of these pests should ever be in your home. Speak with a professional about external exclusion methods, and look into getting year round pest control service. Pest management has come a long way. You don’t have to live with these dirty bugs in your home and in your food. There is a safe and smart way to keep bugs outside–where they belong.