Pantry pests love to munch on your food.
Protect your food stores by seeking help right away.
There is nothing worse than opening a cabinet for your favorite snack only to discover someone – or something – has beat you to it. A variety of pantry pests tend to take up residence inside food storage areas in homes around the United States. Because they feed on many of the same foods humans eat, they are especially attracted to pantries and cabinets. These pests not only eat your food, but they contaminate it as well. Even with the best cleaning efforts, it’s likely that if you have an infestation, professional pest control help is needed.
Indian Meal Moths
Indian Meal Moths originally got their name from their habit of feeding on a particular type of cornmeal. However, they enjoy many other foods as well, including dried fruit, candy, and nuts. Even the pet’s food isn’t safe, as these moths equally enjoy dog food and birdseed as well. They don’t tend to grow beyond ¾ of an inch in length, making it easier for them to squeeze into packing and small openings in non-sealed containers. You’ll be able to tell when you’ve seen an Indian Meal Moth but looking at its wings, as they have a signature copper coloring to the bottom half.
Merchant Grain Beetles
Rather than traditional whole grains like wheat and barley, Merchant Grain Beetles prefer a diet of sweet treats like chocolate and cereal. They are quite flat in appearance, which means getting into boxes is not difficult. Some even stay in food products to mate and lay eggs, not simply to eat. One single female can lay up to 1,000 eggs in your food in a single year. Because of this, a small issue can escalate quickly. The beetles themselves, molted larva and cocoons are now all contaminating your family’s food sources.
What to do upon Discovering an Infestation
No matter the type of pest, when your pantry has been invaded – it’s time for action immediately. The first step is to call a professional pest control expert to come to assess and recommend the best solution. Remove all food products from the area as well. Discard anything that has signs of tampering, but be sure to do this in bins outside to avoid the pests remaining in your home. Thoroughly clean all surfaces and containers in the area, and seal any unharmed food in tightly closed containers.
At Southern Fumigation & Pest Control, we’ve dealt with a number of these critters, and our highly trained team are the pantry pest control experts in Northern Florida. We’ll craft a unique solution to your particular situation, based on your home, where the infestation occurs, and the extent of it. This way, you can be sure our recommended action plan will free your home of the pests quickly and keep it that way. No one wants to continuously throw away food products. Contact us if you are dealing with any type of pantry pest – we are happy to help!