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Celebrate National Peanut Month by Checking your Pantry for Pests

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March is National Peanut Month and National Nutrition Month. According to the National Peanut Board, the average American eats about 6 pounds of peanuts every year! This month, we’re celebrating the mighty peanut (and other delicious dried goods) by sharing tips for keeping your pantry pest-free with simple Portland rodent control techniques.

Keeping Your Pantry Safe

When it comes to pest management, Portland pantries often fall victim to mice rats, moths, beetles and weevils. Since March marks the beginning of spring cleaning, you might as well start with your pantry.

  1. Remove all the food from your pantry.
  2. Look for signs of pests. During a home inspection, Portland rodent control experts always keep an eye out for droppings, gnawed boxes or packaging, and exoskeletons shed by insects.
  3. Wipe down all the shelves and racks; clean any spills; and vacuum the pantry.
  4. Set out non-toxic, species-specific traps for any of the pests you noticed. If you’re not sure what you’re dealing with or what traps to use, call a pest management expert.
  5. Place any expired food products you find into your outdoor trash can, as well as any food that pests have gotten into.
  6. Store all food that comes in cardboard boxes, paper bags or soft plastic packages in hard plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids before putting the food back into the pantry.

If you ever feel unsure about the proper pest management techniques for your pantry or home, contact a Portland pest control company for help. In addition to inspecting your pantry, our experts can give you tips for managing pests using non-toxic methods.

 

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