Payne Pest Management Inc. is a full service pest control company offering pest management to commercial and residential properties in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Your Checklist for a Crumb-Free Kitchen

It can be exhausting cleaning up after a busy family, but staying on top of your household tasks is an essential way to protect your family from all sorts of pests. Crumbs scattered around and dirty dishes left in the sink readily attract ants, roaches, and fruit flies, as well as larger pests like mice. After you arrange a fumigation service, give your home a thorough scrubbing to prevent a recurrent infestation.

Do a deep clean every few months.

Deep cleaning may be time-consuming, but it is well worth the effort. Enlist the help of your family members to move appliances away from the walls. Use a vacuum to easily suction away spilled food from behind the fridge and stove, and give these areas a good mopping. Take items out of your cabinets, drawers, and pantry, and wipe down all surfaces. Next, move all items off the counters and scrub them thoroughly.

Make daily and weekly task lists.

Encourage your family members to help you with kitchen cleaning tasks by posting a checklist on the fridge. The daily list will include the following:

  • Empty the dishwasher and dish drain.
  • Reload dirty dishes as soon as they’re used.
  • Sanitize the counters.
  • Clean the range top and vent hood.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
  • Scrub the sink.

Your weekly kitchen cleaning checklist should include tasks like mopping, cleaning the exterior of all appliances, and cleaning inside the microwave.

Become a careful cook.

Cooking can be messy, especially if you’re in a rush. Make the process neater by placing a garbage bowl on the counter to consolidate your waste. This minimizes the potential to spill bits of food on the floor. Set out a clean, empty cup if you’ll be measuring multiple ingredients. Use it to house your used measuring spoons, and remember to measure ingredients over the sink. Lastly, use a splatter screen for uncovered pots and pans on the stove.

Effective pest control materials applied by our experts will get your home free of bugs and keep it that way. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 to inquire about our fumigation services in Orange County. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about home pest control.


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