There are no good reasons not protect your food from unwanted pests. Not only it is just outright disgusting to find pests crawling on your food (which essentially leaves the food spoiled), but it also puts your health at a serious risk.
So, in the interest of your well being (and perhaps family budget as well), your food should be protected from being contaminated by any pests that might be living in your house.
This post discusses some of the simplest, yet most highly effective steps you can take towards preventing pests from spoiling your food.
Best Practices of Food Storage to EnsureProtection from Pests
The places where you store your food should be cool. The perfect food storage temperature in which bacteria left by pests are unable to flourish is around 35°F to 45°F.That means not leaving food out on a warm day or overnight.
Containers for Storage:
Bulk foods are some of the most vulnerable things to pests around your home. Weevils, mice,rats, flies, and some species of moths and other stored food pests, readily infest and destroy accessible bulk food supplies. So, make sure to use metal,plastic, or glass pest-proof containers for storing them. It is best if they are clean and have air-tight fitted lids.
Additional Tips to Protect Food from Pests
- Do not buy food products with broken packaging or signs of any kind of damage.
- Make a habit of checking the expiry dates of food products, especially baking products, and discard if they are past those dates.
- Never eat dry foods without carefully inspecting them for possible infestations. And to protect dry food from pests, you can put bay leaves in their containers, as the pungent smell of bay leaves helps with repelling most pantry pests.
- Keep your kitchen cabinets clean and hygienic. The cleaner your kitchen is kept, the less likely it will be for pests to find space to flourish.
- Unnecessarily wide sink holes are also extremely vulnerable places that provide access for rodents and cockroaches into your kitchen.
- Try to keep your food in the refrigerator as much as you possibly can.