Pantry Pests Fact Sheet
Stored-product pests are usually brought into the home in an infested package of food. Initially, infestations are easy to overlook because the insects are quite small, especially in the egg and larval stages. Often the first indication of the infestation is the appearance of small moths flying about or the presence of beetles in or near the found package.
- Pantry Beetles (weevils): Adult beetles have oval bodies that are about 1/8 inch long with a brown and yellowish pattern.
- Meal Moths: The Indianmeal moth is a fairly distinct small moth with reddish brown forewings that have a coppery luster.
Both types of pantry pests can do damage to a wide range of products, including cereal and cereal products, flour, cornmeal, rice, dried fruits, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, chocolate, candies, and a wide array of pet foods.
- If you see small moths or beetles crawling or flying around your kitchen, look for the food source of these pests and remove immediately. If you locate the food source before it spreads to other packages, control may be easy. The source is commonly a package damaged at the store or an opened one that is little used or forgotten. The best thing to do with the package is seal it up and dispose of it, removing it from the house immediately.
Prevention and Sanitation:
Obviously, pesticides and baits cannot be used to treat pantry pests, but the following tips will help to control and prevent infestations.
- Do not put exposed food on shelves. Place containers with tight-fitting lids. Plastic bags are not adequate.
- Regularly clean shelves, bins, and other locations where there is any possibility of flour or other food particles accumulating. Certain pests need only small amounts of food to live and breed. Soap and water is great for cleaning flat areas, and vacuuming with a crevice attachment will help clean cracks, edges and corners.
- Do not mix old and new lots of foodstuff. If the old material is infested, the pest will quickly invade the new.
- Clean old containers before filling them with fresh food. They may be contaminated and cause new infestation.
- Do not purchase broken or damaged packages of food material. They are more likely to become infested.
- Construct storage containers so they are tight and can be cleaned easily.
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