With the stay-at-home order in Toronto being extended, you may have decided it’s time to do some reorganizing. With more time being spent at home, our team at Advantage Pest Control understands why you have caught the home organization bug. We also know that you don’t want to attract actual bugs and pests! Here are five tips to help you organize your storage while also keeping pests away.
Store All Food Items In Sealed Containers
Pests have a frustratingly good sense of smell. Using airtight and sealable containers is a good way to prevent the smell of food from attracting pests. Solutions Store and Canadian Tire offer sealable containers that will help solve your storage problems!
Keep All Storage Boxes Off The Floor
You definitely don’t want pests to play hide-and-seek in your storage boxes. Keeping your storage containers off the ground is a good way to prevent extra hiding spots for pests. It also makes your floors much easier to clean! We suggest investing in an elevated utility rack, such as this one from ULINE.
Use Plastic Containers Instead Of Cardboard Boxes
Pests love to chew through cardboard boxes. Using plastic containers instead of cardboard can help prevent pests. Plastic containers are not only a good way to keep pests away, but they also can add charm and helpfulness to your kitchen storage. You can purchase see-through plastic containers and store things like pasta, rice, and dried beans in the containers. You will be able to quickly identify where each item is stored, and it looks aesthetically pleasing. Crate and Barrel and Muji offer great selections of plastic containers.
Implement the “First-In, First-Out” Rule of Food Storage
If you have recently added to your canned food storage, you may be worried about how to store your collection properly. We always recommend the “first-in, first-out” method of food storage. This is where you rotate out your supply by using the oldest item before a newer item. Using the “FIFO” method will help make sure you use your pantry items in the right order to prevent items from expiring. In this way, you will get to enjoy your pantry items instead of the pests finding the expired items first. Uline has a variety of products like labels and organizers to help with this storage method.
Call Advantage Pest Control If You Need Help
During reorganization and home renovation, we do everything we can to prevent pests along the way, but sometimes they still find a way in. That’s where Advantage Pest Control comes in. If you are having a pest problem, please contact us. One of our team members would be happy to speak to you about our professional pest control including treatment for bed bugs, termites, ants and more! It is our job to keep pests out of Toronto homes!