Keep your pantry pest-free with these 9 steps

To keep pests away from your pantry, the first step you need to take is to check for smells that may attract them.

These smells include odours from the trash bin, so make sure that it is cleared regularly, says culinary site The Daily Meal, which recommends ways to pest-proof your pantry.

It adds that you could also use scents that deter pests, such as those from dried bay leaves and mint.

Other tricks to block bugs and rodents from entering your home include checking for and patching up holes and cracks. Storing food off the floor also makes them less accessible for rodents, The Daily Meal says.

Scroll through the gallery below for more tips on how to build your kitchen's defence against creepy-crawlies.

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