Alarm on board: The 5 most common pests in our kitchens to watch out for

découvrez les 5 nuisibles les plus courants dans nos cuisines à surveiller à bord, et comment une alarme peut vous aider à les détecter avant qu'ils ne deviennent un problème.
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The kitchen, the beating heart of our homes, is unfortunately also a privileged playground for various harmful. These unwanted guests can not only spoil our supplies but also pose risks to our health. Here’s an overview of the five main pests to watch out for in our kitchens.

1. Cockroaches or cockroaches

THE cockroaches are among the most resistant and disgusting pests that can be found in our kitchens. They are attracted to food scraps and humidity. Their presence is not only unpleasant but can also be a vector of diseases such as salmonellosis. According to a study published in the *Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology*, allergens produced by cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions and asthma in some people.

2. Rodents

Mice and rats often find refuge in our homes in search of food and warmth. These rodents can cause considerable damage by gnawing on electrical wires and wooden structures, not to mention the diseases they can transmit such as leptospirosis. It is crucial to block their access by sealing all the gaps through which they could infiltrate.

3. Ants

Small but in large numbers, ants can quickly become a major problem in a kitchen. They are particularly attracted to sugary substances and can contaminate food by crawling on it. Natural solutions like vinegar or lemon can help repel them, but a large infestation might require professional intervention.

4. Food moths

These small flying insects have a weakness for dry products such as cereals, nuts or flour. Once they settle in, the food moths can quickly contaminate a large quantity of groceries, making regular inspection of cupboards and the use of airtight containers to store food necessary.

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5. Fruit flies

Particularly active during the hot months, the fruit flies are attracted to ripe fruits and other fermented foods. Although they are less dangerous than other pests, their rapid reproduction can quickly turn a small nuisance into a significant infestation. Keeping the kitchen clean and free of overripe fruit is essential to control their presence.

To keep your kitchen free of these pests, it is essential to adopt strict hygiene practices like cleaning surfaces and floors regularly, storing food properly, and promptly treating any signs of infestation. Professionals in the field, using environmentally friendly methods, can offer suitable and effective solutions to guarantee the safety and cleanliness of your culinary space.

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