Proactive Pest Management | Food

Pest Management In and Around Structures September 22, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
Management of Pest Insects

in and Around the Home


Proactive Pest Management | Food

Figure 1. Spilled birdseed outdoors can be used by numerous pests, including rodents, as a food source.
Figure 1. Spilled birdseed outdoors can be used by numerous pests, including rodents, as a food source.

General rules of cleanliness during food preparation, storage and disposal is the logical starting point for helping to resolve and prevent certain pest problems. Denying pests access to food is an important component of making our living environment less hospitable to pests. Important practices (habits to establish) that may limit insect access to food include, but are not limited to:

Figure 2. Vegetative matter, if not disposed of or composted regularly, can be a source of pests, especially flies.
Figure 2. Vegetative matter, if not disposed of or composted regularly, can be a source of pests, especially flies.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers;
  • Keep bird food in feeders, as rodents may use spilled food as a food source (Figure 1);
  • Rotate (use) boxed or packaged foods every 1-2 months;
  • Clean up spills that occur during food preparation or handling;
  • Do not keep soiled dishes in the sink or dishwasher overnight;
  • Empty indoor garbage receptacles twice per week, at a minimum;
  • Clean garbage disposals at least once a week;
  • Keep outdoor garbage in a tightly sealed container and away from any dwelling entrance;
  • Rinse recyclable containers prior to recycling;
  • Store birdseed in a tightly sealed container, preferably outside and away from doors;
  • Ensure that discarded plant waste is removed twice per week, at a minimum, especially during the Summer (Figure 2).

Proactive Pest Management
Food
Shelter
Man Made Harborages
Exterior Vegetation

Water
Other Practices
 

Contents

Food, Shelter, Man Made Harborages, Exterior Vegetation, Water
Other Proactive Pest Management Practices

Crickets (Order Orthoptera)
Cockroaches (Order Blattaria)
Termites (Order Isoptera)
True Bugs (Order Hemiptera)
Beetles (Order Coleoptera)
Moths (Order Lepidoptera)
Flies (Order Diptera)
Ants, Bees, and Wasps (Order Hymenoptera)
Minor Orders of Insects – Occasional Pests
Non-Insectan Arthropods
 

 


About this Publication

This article is part of the publication, "Management of
Pest Insects in and Around the Home" is a guide to
quick identification of 75 pests, including more than
120 color photos.

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Authors

Daniel R. Suiter
Brian T. Forschler
Lisa M. Ames
E. Richard Hoebeke

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.