PANTRY PESTS 101

“Pantry pest” can refer to a variety of insects that infest the dry food stored in your home. That could include cereals, grains, chocolate, oatmeal, nuts, pasta, flour, tobacco, herbs, spices, medicine, dried fruit…basically any dried food product can become infested with pantry pests. 

Most pantry pests are different types of beetles or moths. Flour beetles, weevils, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, and grain beetles are just some of the potential offenders. They are tiny and can be brown, black, or reddish. Indian meal moths are the most common stored food pests and can infest a wide variety of foods. These tan, skinny moths are about the length of your fingernail.

PANTRY PESTS

FUN FACTS

FACT 1

Most pantry pests are already in food products brought into the home. 

FACT 2

Pantry pests live in the food they eat. That’s the life!

FACT 3

Bird seed and dry pet food are often the targets of pantry pests.

NO PEST PARTIES IN THIS PANTRY

These insects help break down and recycle grains, nuts, and other food items in the environment, but they are definitely unwelcome guests in our homes. Nobody wants a side of bugs with breakfast! So how can you prevent their presence in your pantry?

  • Store all pantry items, dry pet food, and birdseed in airtight, hard plastic containers, jars, etc. 
  • Thoroughly vacuum and wash cupboards, pantry shelves, and floors to remove any spilled food.
  • Don’t forget to vacuum under kitchen appliances, like the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.

TERMINIX CAN HELP

Pantry pests crawling in your cabinets? Terminix is here to save the day…and your food! Eliminating an infestation is all about finding the source. But finding these pests in one area of the home does not necessarily mean the infestation is in that area. We can help you locate and eliminate food sources, which will rapidly decrease pantry pest populations. Insecticide sprays do not effectively control pantry pests until the infested materials are removed and the area is cleaned, so please refrain from using them.  Instead, give Terminix a call for safe, effective, and hassle-free elimination.

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