Common Kitchen Pests and How to Deal with Them

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Out of all of the rooms in the house, the kitchen is probably the most used room. Whether you are cooking, eating, relaxing with your morning cup of coffee and newspaper or you are entertaining friends and playing board games, the kitchen is a place where you spend a lot of your time. Unfortunately, a lot of pesky insects like to spend time in your kitchen as well. How do you handle these unwanted visitors? Keep reading to discover how to get rid of common kitchen pests.


Ants are commonly found in your kitchen primarily if the area is not kept clean. They love to munch on sweet things and are attracted by sweet or sticky substances. Any source of crumbs in the kitchen will attract a trail of ants. This is why it is important to keep all food items stored in airtight containers, even your pets’ food. Most likely, you will deal with ants even if you have a clean kitchen, as they are able to fit through the cracks of doors and windows. If you find that you have a continual ant problem, it is best to call a pest control professional.


These pests are most attracted to food crumbs, grease, moisture, heat and cluttered areas. Your kitchen makes the ideal living space for cockroaches. The best way to discourage them is to keep your kitchen free of clutter and be sure that it is cleaned after cooking. Be sure that the room is also properly ventilated. As cockroaches can also fit into tight crevices, it is wise to make sure that all windows and doors are properly sealed. Again, if you find that you have a continual cockroach problem, the best course of action is to call a pest control professional.


When the weather becomes warmer, flies (most commonly house flies, fruit flies and drain flies) are sure to be out. They are especially attracted to moisture, heat, grease and any decomposing food. To keep the flies at bay, be sure that your sink drains are clean of food debris and stagnant water. Keep all food properly stored. Make sure that areas that are prone to become greasy, such as your stove top, is kept clean.


Mice, and occasionally rats, can be found scurrying in your kitchen looking for scraps. These pests are known for chewing through insulation and walls or squeeze through a gap under your windows and doors just to get into your pantry. It is important to make sure that all food, including pet food, is stored in airtight containers. Make sure that you do not have rotten food exposed, as the scent attracts rodents. In an effort to keep these pests at bay, you can set traps, however, it may not prove effective. If you continue to find evidence of rodents in your home, call a pest control professional.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with common pests in your kitchen, contact B & B Exterminating today!