What are pantry pests?
Pantry pests are small insects also referred to as product pests. They feed on any dry goods item in your kitchen pantry such as:
- Baking mixes
- Pet food
- Any grain based item
In New Jersey, we have a variety of pantry pests to contend with. There are Indian meal moths,Saw toothed grain beetles and flour beetles. Indian meal moths are the most common product pest and are approximately ⅜ of an inch in length. These pests will leave larvae that look like small, cream colored worms in your food, contaminating the product.
Why do I have pantry pests?
Pantry pest infestations are generally the result of the pests being introduced into your home through infested items. If you buy contaminated food and bring it into your home you can quickly become infested. Unfortunately this can happen to anyone and is difficult to trace. Once you bring the pests into your home, it is difficult to remove them on your own.
Are they hazardous in the home?
Aside from the distaste of finding bugs in your food, pantry pests are an actual health concern. They are unsafe and unsanitary to have in your home. Serious illness can be caused by ingesting food they have contaminated. And many people suffer from skin allergies triggered by these pesky invaders.
How do I remove pantry pests from my home?
Pantry pests are not as simple to remove from your home as you may first believe. They infest a wide range of food products and lay eggs soon after emerging and mating. If they are not contained, pantry pests will rapidly spread throughout your home. They climb walls and congregate by windows. Even if they remain only in your pantry they can bore holes from one food container to another spreading throughout your entire food supply. We will begin by correctly identifying what pantry pest is present in your home. Then we will create a customized treatment plan for you to ensure elimination of the pests. How can I prevent an infestation? To prevent this infestation from happening again, you should inspect food products at the grocery store and return any products that already appear opened or damaged. Store all of your flour and dried goods in airtight containers.