Why Your Kitchen Is So Attractive To Pests
December 8, 2014
You might be thinking, "Well, duh!" And you're partially right. Your kitchen is where the food is, so it only makes sense that this is where the pests will want to be. The real answer may surprise you.
Different bugs have different food preferences. Some bugs, like the cockroach, will eat pretty much anything you throw at it. But what you may not know, is that bugs prefer sweet things and rotting things. If you think of food as a ripening banana, you can get a glimpse into the motivations of most bugs. When a banana is green it is filled with starch and a little bitter. You're probably not going to want to eat it until the starches have slowly converted to sugar, and the banana is a beautiful yellow color. This process will continue until the banana is dark brown. At this stage, it is very sweet but may start to contain bacteria because it is rotting. You're not going to want to eat a brown banana, but it is wonderful for baking banana bread. From a bug perspective, the sweeter the better. Bugs love sweet things because they can get energy from those sweet things. And unlike you and me, they don't mind the bacterial rot. In fact they rather like it. This is why you'll find insects crawling all over a dead carcass.
So how does this relate to your kitchen? Well, you might think those bugs come for the food, but you'd only be partially right. They're looking for the sweet rotting things. Nothing makes a bug happier than five-day-old orange juice drying under the refrigerator, or two-day-old ketchup rotting on the edge of your kitchen counter. They live for a piece of left out fruit or an open garbage can. They claw and chew their way to get at rotting grains, cereals, and pet food. If you let jelly gobs sit on the counter or potatoes rot on your dishes you'll increase the pest population in your kitchen as well as in your home.
Keep your trash sealed.
Keep your tables and counters clean and disinfected.
Keep your rugs clean of starchy toast crumbs.
Keep fruit in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.
Keep dirty dishes in a sink full of soapy water.
Keep your floors mopped.
Keep your oven and refrigerator clean on the sides and bottom.
Many homes can eliminate most of their active pests by keeping things clean. If you don't have food sources, those bugs will find your home unattractive. For most, it is an easy jaunt to the neighbor's house. So keep it clean, folks! And keep those bugs out of your kitchen. Your family will thank you.