Pantry pests, also known as stored product pests, include several different beetles and moths which infest dry food products. The ones that occur most frequently in homes are the saw-toothed grain beetle, the Indian-meal moth and the confused flour beetle.
Pantry pests will be found in such diverse products as pancake mix, cereals, macaroni, crackers, spices, pet food, birdseed and dried fruit. Often, a food product contains eggs of these pests when it is purchased and it is only a matter of time before their presence becomes evident in kitchen cabinets.
Pantry pests are generally harmless but can produce irritation and/or allergic reactions.
Getting rid of pantry pests can be as simple as cleaning out your pantries and cupboards and throwing away any food product you feel may be contaminated with pantry pests or their eggs.
Simply inspect the food in your cupboards and pantry and throw away anything that shows signs of these pests. Don’t forget to inspect your pets’ food as well.
Also, it is a good idea to throw away food that you may have had for awhile, even if it has not been opened. If this doesn’t work or you feel that purging your dry goods is not enough, call Guardian.
Pantry pest problems can be difficult to prevent because they often come in on the food you buy. Getting rid of items in your pantry and cupboards that you haven’t used in a long time can help prevent stored product pests from severely infesting your home. If pantry pests have infested your property and you have been unsuccessful in eliminating them on your own, contact Guardian Pest Solutions.