Controlling Pests in the Kitchen

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The Kitchen in our homes are more than food preparation area, its where family members bond throughout our lives. Usually our Mum (sometimes Dad as well) brings out their creativity always focusing on feeding us with well nourished food. Love food? Then you know that no-one else can cook that favorite food you love, no one, no restaurant or best chefs in the world can cook that food our mother has perfected.

Kitchen is her home and the worst thing is seeing an ant, cockroach, mouse, rats or any type of insects and pests invading her space ‘kitchen’. Today, we are going to share helpful tips and insights to ensure that the kitchen in your home is well protected from pest infestation.

First thing to realize about common household pests running around the kitchen is that the good old myth about cleanness, meaning, regardless of how clean one keeps the kitchen area (or utensils) pests such as ants, cockroaches, and mice can still invade. This is mainly due to food and water sources, mind you, not necessarily the ones in the kitchen but rather nearby food sources (even at your neighbors property) can all invite pests to your property.

If you are currently fighting a losing battle controlling pests. and living nearby Southern Ontario neighborhoods such as Mississauga Hamilton Oakville Burlington Milton Scarborough, Maximum Pest Control Services can be at your door ready prepared to inspect as well as fully equipped to exterminate all pests

Type of Pests Found in the Kitchen

Usually, cockroaches, ants, mice (and in commercial kitchens rodents and rats) are the common culprits infesting kitchen areas.

Signs of Pest Infestation in the Kitchen

Apart from the obvious, as in seeing a pest in the kitchen, other signs to look out for are damage to food packaging (as in, holes around boxed packaging or chewed away plastics or shredded packaging) (usually, strength of mice and rats teeth can eat away food packaging where as ants and cockroaches look for unclosed food sources).

Another common give away is pest droppings or dead insects laying around. As soon as you identify any of these signs, do not neglect taking fast action due to rapid breeding cycles of common house pests.

Signs of Pest Infestation in the Kitchen of a Restaurant

chef placing broad beans inside a cooking pot in commercial kitchen

Although common house pests as mentioned above also invade commercial kitchens, rats and mice are the most common pests found in restaurants, commercial kitchens and other food related service businesses.

Main reason for rats causing havoc in commercial kitchens and restaurant settings is the fact that they need to eat much more and larger quantities of food. That means, these settings provide frequent food supply and also rats, mice or roaches do not need to travel far from their nesting colony to feed.

Another critical factor to realize is the fact that the environment where there is plenty of food (such as the case in a restaurant) also means that rats and mice population increases rapidly. Maximum Pest Control Services experts have been successfully eliminating pests for our valued business clients throughout Hamilton, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Scarborough and other locations nearby. Here’s a Maximum Pest Control Services Reviews from valued clients.

Although rare for the restaurants, food service related businesses or other type of commercial kitchen operators, you may actually see rats and mice nesting location (for inspection, check areas that are quiet and dark, meaning where there is no or less foot traffic).

If you do happen to locate rodent’s nesting space, do not clean it straightaway or apply any rodenticide because at that stage your aim should be to identify all that you can about rat and or mice infestation. Remember, preventing access to Rat colony’s fundamental survival requirements is critical to eliminate rat infestation this means identifying food and water sources, identifying their movement patterns (this should also include nearby location inspection as the property next door may include rodents second place of residence).

Places to Look for Rat Infestation (both in Residential or Commercial Settings)

Attic, between walls, under the porch, crawlspaces, infrequently used storage room, pile of debris / wood / timber at the backyard or nearby the property.

Keep in mind that almost all types of pest infestation is never at the place you spot the pests (for example: just because you happen to catch a glimpse of a cockroach, ant, house mouse, rat in the kitchen does not mean the nesting space is in the kitchen). Knowing this, keep an eye out for warm, humid and well hidden places around the property "think like a Rat or a Cockroach" as in, pest such as these are nocturnal animals, thus, they’ll usually come out at night to scavenge and feed, they will prefer to travel through dark corners, your aim is to follow the trail back to the nest.

Rats nest is usually made up of using shredded materials (shredded fabrics, cotton, ropes, and or newspapers). That means, any time you see such materials, do not ignore what’s going on even if the rodent is not present.

How About Spotting Cockroach’s Nest?

Unlike rodents, roaches do not nest per say, instead, as soon as they find a cozy hiding place near food and water, they gather and form a colony where they can produce and lay their eggs away from daylight and people.

residential pest control technician fumigating pests and a vehicle illustration

How to Get Rid of Pests in the Kitchen

By now you should have realized that pests such as ants, cockroaches, mice and rats come to your kitchen for food and or water they need to survive.

Although there are many precautions you can take (regular inspection, better storage of food, fixing broken tap or plumbing issues, eliminating (as in identifying and closing up pests entryways)), most people dealing with pest problem simply head out to they’re local supermarket or hardware store and buy rat baits, mice traps, fumigation bombs (Raid or products such as Mortein 2-in-1 Mosquito and Cockroach killer), but using such Pest Control products is a losing battle against pest infestation.

The best way to completely eliminate pests is through correct identification and prevention. That means, focus on prevention, and the best way to do that is by eliminating their food, water, and nesting space.

Questions and Answers related to Rodenticide use in Canada

Should you decide to use any type of pesticide or rodenticide anywhere in Canada (including Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Scarborough, Mississauga Southern Ontario), keep in mind the health impact and take strong safety precaution. Learn more about rodenticide here.

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