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Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.

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How You Can Keep Pests Out Of Your Pantry

by Letitia Hunt

Pantries are by far one of the most important closets in a home. Between your kids getting their afternoon snacks and you rushing in to get everything together for dinner, the pantry can get messy. Pantries are also a haven for pests. From tiny weevils to mice, the buffet inside these spaces is attractive.  

Invest In Plastic Storage Containers

Food items like packaged cookies, flour and sugar bags, and potato chips are basically impossible to close once their seal has been broken. Even a tiny opening is enough for a pest to pick up the scent and make their way to the food in your pantry. Invest in plastic storage containers to prevent this problem. Storage containers have an airtight seal, so even if pests are in the area, they won't be able to get inside.

Don't Forget To Clean The Space

As previously mentioned, the pantry is a very popular space. However, when it comes time for house cleaning, it doesn't generally make its way on the list. Make sure you are periodically cleaning the pantry. Whether it's dropped crumbs or expired food, it is a source of food and will likely encourage any critters to stick around. To stay on target, consider cleaning the pantry each time you clean your refrigerator.

Use Natural Barriers

As an added layer of protection, you can also use natural herbs to help create a barrier around your pantry. For instance, if mice or ants are a problem, place dried mint leaves along the floor in the corners of the pantry. Mice and ants hate the smell of mint and may stay away as a result. For fleas, try lavender, and for roaches, consider bay leaves.

Get To The Root Of The Problem

If you're dealing with pests like mice or roaches, you need to get to the bottom of the problem. Sure, the food in your pantry is a source of attraction, but this likely isn't the reason they're entering your home. Cracks in the foundation and around your doors are just some of the reasons critters come in. It's best to have a pest control specialist come out to not only treat this issue, but also highlight the cause.

Your efforts combined with the assistance of a pest control specialist can help you eliminate your pest problems quickly and efficiently. Be proactive at the first sign of a problem by getting professional help.

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