What Are Pantry Pests?
Pantry pests, also known as stored product pests, include several different beetles and moths that infest dry food products. The ones that occur most frequently in homes are the saw-toothed grain beetle, the Indian-meal moth, and the confused flour beetle.
Why Do I Have Them?
Discovering “bugs” in your breakfast cereal may be disgusting, but it isn’t unusual. Because many insects prefer the same food items we do, they can be found in a variety of stored products within our homes. Pantry pests can commonly be found in flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed foods, crackers, macaroni, cured meats, powdered milk, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, and spices. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, birdseed, and ornamental corn.
Are They Dangerous?
Pantry pests are generally harmless but can produce irritation and/or allergic reactions.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
Getting rid of pantry pests can be as simple as cleaning out your pantries and cupboards and throwing away any food product you feel may be contaminated with pantry pests or their eggs.
Can I Do It Myself?
Yes, as a matter of fact, you can get rid of pantry pests yourself! Simply inspect the food in your cupboards and pantry and throw away anything that shows signs of these pests. Don’t forget to inspect your pets’ food as well. Also, it is a good idea to throw away food that you may have had for awhile, even if it has not been opened. If this doesn’t work or you feel that purging your dry goods is not enough, we are always a call or click away!
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible causing you the least amount of inconvenience. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Pantry Pests In The Future?
Pantry pest problems can be difficult to prevent because they often come in on the food you buy. But getting rid of items in your pantry and cupboards that you haven’t used in a long time can help prevent stored product pests from severely infesting your home.