When preparing for the future, you may accumulate a large stockpile of food. Extra nonperishable foods are great to have on hand in case you are unable to get out to the store or in the case of an emergency. This type of stockpile can take a while to create and it needs to stay protected. Unfortunately, it can also be an attractive location for pests that will think they struck the jackpot. Taking precautions now will help to ensure that your large stockpile of food is there in case you need it. Here’s how to get that done.
Pest-Proofing Your Stockpile Area
Protecting the room that houses your stockpile is your first line of defense:
- Seal the Room.
First, examine the room where you plan on keeping your large stockpile of food. Look for cracks and holes where pests would be able to get in. A professional can examine these areas for you to make sure that you found all of them. They can also help seal the areas. Properly sealing the room is the most effective way to keep pests out.
- Waterproof the Walls.
Sources of water need to be eliminated as well. Pests need a water source to survive. Inspect your pipes to make sure they are not leaking and plug your drains when you are not using them. Walls and pipes should be insulated to avoid condensation and humidity. If you are storing your stockpile underground, a coat of waterproof paint will help with this problem.
- Set traps.
Even with your best efforts, pests may still find a way in. By setting up traps, you will be able to confirm the type of pest that is being problematic. You can then contact a professional to help you get rid of them.
Pest-Proofing Your Food
The containers you store your food in and the manner in which you do it are the last lines of defense that you have:
- Air-tight glass containers and cans are the best ways to keep your food safe. Pests can chew through plastic containers, so plastic should be avoided.
- Freezing and refrigerating your foods is another way to keep pests away from them. Pests will not be able to get into these areas.
Defending your food stockpile is essential. Make sure that you make it difficult for pests to access if. Contact Pest Control Services today to schedule an inspection.