Pantry pests are a common problem that just about everyone deals with at one time or another. There are many different species of pantry pests, today we at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control will be discussing some of the more common ones that you my or may not be familiar with, as well as the procedures taken to control an infestation of pantry pests.
What exactly are pantry pests? Pantry pests are bugs that are usually introduced to your stored food pantry from another place through infested products. All items can be susceptible to pantry pests including spices, flour, sugar, hot pepper, ice cream cones, cereals, grits, and cake mixes. Even dried flower arrangements and stuffed furniture and toys, often can harbor infestations of pantry pests. Many times pantry pests are encountered in their larvae stage where they appear worm like. They do however, usually make it to adulthood transforming into moths or beetles.
Some of the common pantry pests include flour beetles, larder beetles, granary weevils, rice weevils, spider beetles, grain moths, flour moths, saw-toothed grain beetles, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, and grain mites. So, as we can see, there are many different kinds of insects that attack stored food. Large numbers of pantry pests may develop in unused food goods which were infested at the time they are bought. Food packages that are not tightly sealed after use can also lead to an infestation. Unfortunately, the pests may then spread from the infested packages to other exposed foods. From the infested food packages, the pests may spread to other exposed food goods.
Pantry pets are usually discovered in food items which aren’t often used. Keep in mind that an infestation has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the home. The procedure of controlling stored food pests are exclusion, regular inspections, cleaning of shelves, and chemical treatment. Here are some tips you can take to prevent and infest of pantry pests.
– Keep all containers tightly closed.
– Put susceptible items in tight containers or screw-top jars or other seal-able containers.
– Do not overstock shelves with products which will not be used frequently or in a short period of time.
– Rotate use of stored items so oldest are used first.
The very first step in controlling pantry pests is to locate the source of infestation itself. All foods should be inspected, and heavily infested goods should be thrown out. If the item is of significant value, insects in infested foods may be killed by the cold. Such goods can be placed in a freezer, just be sure to use the item soon after it is defrosted due to issues with condensation and growth of mold. You can place an item in a tightly sealed plastic bag to limit condensation of the item. The storage area will be your next target as cabinets and shelves should be thoroughly vacuumed to pick up loose material and washed with warm and soapy water. Caulking cracks can also help limit harborage areas. Next is the application of appropriate pesticide supplied by Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control. A crack and crevice style treatment will be performed as a residual spray treatment after removing all food items from the area. Further follow-up inspections should be made until sure that the pantry pest population is under complete control.