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Tips for Pantry Pest Prevention

 In Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Holiday baking season is here! With residents all throughout the North and East Bay Area pulling out their baking ingredients, there are bound to be a handful of people that come across a pantry pest infestation. Pantry pests include weevils, flour beetles, ants, pillbugs, Indianmeal moths, and more.

These stored product pests tend to infest items such as flour, sugar, grain, cereal boxes, nuts, candy, and more. To keep these pests from putting a damper on your holiday cheer, it’s important to prevent them!

Identifying and controlling Indianmeal moths and confused flour beetles in your North or East Bay Area home - Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen

Indianmeal moth (top) & confused flour beetle (bottom)

Pantry-Raiding Pests

Beetles, ants, earwigs, and pillbugs are just a few of the many insects you may find in your pantry. The most common pantry pests, however, are the confused flour beetle and the Indianmeal moth. Indeanmeal moths are known to favor chocolate, dried fruit, crackers, and other dried foods. Other types of pantry pests tend to target milled grain products, dried fruits, seeds, and other pantry staples.

All four stages of development of the insect may be noticed, from their egg and larval stage to the pupa and adult stage. Most of the damage is done in the larval stage of development.

Top Pantry Pest Prevention Methods

To avoid dealing with the horror of discovering a pantry pest infestation, there a number of pantry pest prevention tips ways to keep it from happening in the first place:

  1. Securely store your goods. Always store dry goods and opened packages in sealed, airtight containers to not only keep them fresh, but to keep pests out!
  2. Inspect your groceries. At the grocery store and before bringing them indoors, check your purchased goods for any signs of damage or use.
  3. Check for expiration dates. Routinely inspect your pantry for old items. It’s important to toss out anything that has expired!
  4. Clean out your pantry on a regular basis. Clear the food out of your pantry on a regular basis and look for signs of an infestation.
  5. Use bay leaves. Stick a bay leaf inside canisters of dry goods like flour, rice, and other grains. The smell of bay leaves may help to repel pests.

Pantry Pest Removal

If you notice pantry pests or the signs of an infestation, it’s important to act quickly. Remove all infested items, throw them away outdoors in a sealed trash can, and thoroughly clean your shelves. If you need help controlling the infestation, it’s best to call a professional exterminator such as Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen. We can help you learn the best pantry pest prevention tips to avoid having to deal with them again.

Tips for Pantry Pest Prevention in the North Bay and East Bay CA Area

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