There are many pests that can get into your pantry and find their way into your pantry foods but the term "pantry pest" applies to a unique group of pests. In commercial pest control, they're called stored product pests. These are insects that lay their eggs on stored foods and grains. They may be beetles, weevils, and moths. The most common in the Spring Hill area are Indian meal moths, cigarette beetles, and drugstore beetles. Here are a few things you should know most about pantry pests.
If you have a stored product pest in your home, there are a few ways you're going to know it. The worst is finding insects, worms, or webbing in the packages in your pantry. We hope this is not how you find them. Hopefully, you'll detect them before you put packages on your pantry shelves or, better yet, before you buy those food packages from the store. Another way is that you might see them on your pantry shelves. One pantry pest that is commonly seen outside of pantry food packages is the Indian meal moth. It is a very small moth with tan and orange coloration. If you see Indian meal moths in your pantry, there is a good chance you have a food package that contains their larvae. Beetles and weevils may also be seen crawling around on pantry shelves where infested food is stored.
4 Quick Pantry Tips
- Examine all paper, cardboard and plastic packaging for holes, cracks, or gaps a tiny insect could use to get in.
Open food packages and pour the contents into sealable plastic containers before you put those foods into your pantry. This will allow you to visually inspect your food for insects, larvae (worm-like caterpillars), and webbing. It will also keep your foods fresher and safe when you store them on your pantry shelf.
- If you store products that come in paper, cardboard or plastic in your pantry, be sure to put new products toward the back of your shelves and older products toward the front so they will get used first.
- Do a routine inspection of your pantry and remove any pantry items that are past due. Pantry pests are particularly attracted to foods that are stale.
Pantry Pest Control
A pantry pest problem is a problem that can spread quickly. It is important to get assistance from an experienced and educated service professional to resolve this problem. If you live in Spring Hill, reach out to All-American Pest Control for control of pantry pests. We use industry-leading methods for resolving pantry pest infestations in homes and businesses.