Friday, November 15, 2013

Guest Post: 4 Ways to Protect Your Food and Storage from Pests

Stowing foods and other items in storage is a great way to save money or prepare for an uncertain future, but placing foods and other items in storage brings risk that belongings will become a prime real estate for pests. The key to keeping pests out of storage is to prep and pack all items correctly.

Here are four tips to do so.

1. Kill Any Bugs before Packing Items for Storage
Keeping new bugs out of storage spaces will not help if the bugs were already in the food and storage to begin with. In other words, even if bugs are not visible, items may already have bug eggs just waiting to hatch. If you are moving into a new home it is ideal to hire a pest control company to prevent or eliminate any initial bug problems. Pest control companies, such as
Terminix, offer different packages that are available to choose from that should eliminate any pest problems whether you are moving into a new home or just doing a routine cleaning.

2. Pack Items in Bug-Proof Containers
Once foods and clothing are bug-free, they must be packed in bug-proof containers to stay that way. Remember that even the smallest crack can let bugs in. Bugs can also find their way right through thinner storage containers, such as cardboard boxes and plastic bags, as they can chew their way through thin materials, or rain and water leaks will soften the materials and create holes for bugs to crawl through. Oxygen-absorbing bags, such as Mylar bags, and tight-sealing plastic totes should provide enough protection to do the trick.

3. Remove Oxygen from Storage Containers
Because bugs cannot survive without a source of oxygen, removing oxygen from stored foods and other items makes sure that bugs cannot make their home in them. Placing items in vacuum-sealed bags and containers will help
keep your food fresh longer while also keeping bugs out.

4. Add Bug Repellents
Common household items like bay leaves and cat nip are excellent ways to repel pests that might want to make a snack of stored food.
Bay leaves can be mixed in with dry goods or they can be used to line storage containers that dry foods are stored in. They should keep pests away without sacrificing food taste or quality.

Guest Author Bio: Maya Rodgers is a pet owner, animal lover, and small-time environmental activist who always keeps her ears open for ways to green herself and her family. She has always found an interest in bugs since she was a child and today takes pride in helping others combat pesky pests.