Avoiding Common Pantry Pests
Is As Easy As One, Two, Three!
The term “pantry pest” is used to describe a handful of insects that commonly infest foods such as cereal, rice, flour
and spices typically found in your kitchen pantry. Many of these pests are introduced into homes through already infested foods, but some can find their way in through improperly sealed windows or doors. Some of the most common pantry pests include the sawtoothed grain beetle, the rice weevil, and the Indianmeal moth.
Eliminating a pantry pest infestation can be challenging because these insects are small, often stay hidden, and they can reproduce quickly. In addition to being a nuisance, pantry pests can be downright costly. Each year, these insects are responsible for millions of dollars in food losses due to contamination or damage. Here are three things you can do to avoid pantry pests in your kitchen.
1) Store dried foods properly. Pantry pests are experts at locating and infesting foods. Store dried goods in a glass or plastic container that has a tight-fitting lid to keep hungry insects out, and to contain any insects if a food source was already contaminated.
2) Keep your pantry clean and organized. Just a few grains of rice can be enough to attract food-infesting insects into your pantry or cupboard. Once inside, pests can find plenty of places to hide and breed if the storage area is cluttered and disorganized. Clean and vacuum your pantry or cupboard regularly to remove any accumulated food debris. Also, purge old or empty items to reduce clutter and to eliminate possible harborage sites for hungry insects.
3) Inspect your pantry regularly for pest activity. Pantry pests can be difficult to control, but spotting signs of an infestation early can make a big difference in how quickly a problem is resolved. Therefore, check food containers regularly for insects or signs of damage such as holes in packaging. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact us immediately so that we can diagnose the problem and eliminate the pests before they have a chance to spread.