Are there pests in my pantry? As you dig through your cupboards in search of ingredients to bake pumpkin pie, cookies and other goodies for the holidays, you should keep your eyes peeled for pests that could be hiding in that bag of flour, chocolate, cereal or spices. These pantry pests gather around food products stored in pantries and cabinets. Be wary: They can take over your food!
WATCH FOR PESTS IN YOUR PANTRY
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to encounter merchant-grain beetles, Indian meal moths, flour beetles and other pantry pests this time of year with holiday baking is in full swing. These pantry pests are often brought into the home unknowingly in items stored in paper packaging and unsealed bags. Inspect all items for signs of damage before bringing them indoors!
WHERE ARE THEY HIDING?
Pantry pests are most likely to infest products that have been opened but they also can get into unopened paper, thin cardboard, and plastic, foil or cellophane-wrapped packages. They may chew their way into packages or crawl in through folds and seams.
Insects inside an infested package multiply and can spread to other stored foods not only in the same area but in other rooms in a home.
SOME GOOD PRACTICES TO FOLLOW
The following tips will help homeowners control pesky pantry pests:
- Seal items: Proper food storage can go a long way in preventing an infestation. Once packages are opened, move ingredients into sealed glass or Tupperware-type containers with secure lids before storing them in the pantry or cabinet.
- Check dates: Remember to check expiration dates on ingredients before use. Periodically sort through old items in the pantry and toss out anything that has been stored for a long time.
- Clean often: Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves. Occasionally empty the cupboards and clean them with soap and water to get rid of residue and anything that may be hiding inside.
If you spot pantry pests in your pantry, immediately dispose of them in a sealed trashcan. Contact ClearDefense Pest Control HERE for assistance in eliminating a full-blown infestation. We want to help!
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