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News flash: Even that unopened box of quinoa can be infested by bugs and that’s taking organic a little too far for most of us. Your best bet is to dump that quinoa, flour, or rice into a glass or BPA-free plastic container with a tight-locking lid. And don’t forget about the garbage. The right containers will not only keep pests out of your food, but our of your trash. Dispose of garbage in sealed receptacles to keep out both bugs and unwanted animals. Mr. Raccoon will have to go dumpster diving somewhere else. As if finding bugs crawling around your kitchen wasn’t bad enough, here’s how many insects you’re eating every year that you don’t even realize!
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When it comes to spills and crumbs, clean them up as soon as they occur. Wipe down counter tops and tables with a sponge and soapy water. (Just make sure you clean that sponge regularly.) You can also buy disinfectant wipes for a quick fix, but keep in mind these anti-bacterial wipes do use chemicals. Sweep, wash floors, and wipe down tables and shelving where food has probably migrated from unsealed containers and use. Although you might not see food debris anywhere, those six-legged critters will be sure to find them. Check out these 13 secrets about bugs that pest control will never tell you.