No home is immune from pests. Even the most lavish homes have been known to have pest problems. The most common place to have pests show up is in the kitchen, specifically the kitchen pantry or the kitchen cabinets. The most-common pantry pests are moths, weevils, and small beetles. These pests are not only unsightly but can also harbor diseases that could infest food items. So what can you do to prevent these pests from creating problems in your kitchen cabinet? Let’s take a closer look.
- Investigate Incoming Food – One of the more common ways that pantry pests find their way into a home is by hitching a ride on food purchased at the store. Check out all grocery items before you store them in the cabinet. For example, look at packaging and dried foods to be sure that they have not already been infested in the warehouse.
- Keep it Clean – The fewer crumbs, spills, and messes there are in your kitchen, the less attractive your cooking area will be for a pest.
- Keep it Sealed – Most pantry pests like to munch on grains, like flours, cereals, and processed foods, as well as dried fruits, beans, nuts, and spices. For foods such as these, keep them in a sealed plastic container than can not be easily chewed through.
- First In / First Out – If your home is like many who buy in bulk, try transfering items into smaller packages and use the items you bought first so they have a shorter shelf life.
- Trash It – If you find that some of your food items do have an infestation you could freeze or heat the items to kill any left. We suggest trashing those items so that the infestation does not spread.
If you have an infestation in your kitchen cabinets call Pest-End Exterminators at Toll-Free: 800-287-4321 Phone: 603-382-9644 Phone: 978-794-4321.
The kitchen is the heart of every home. It is where family and friends gather for meals, drinks, and celebrations. The kitchen, therefore, should be a place that is free and clear of pests that could easily ruin a social occasion or family dinner. Some of the most dreaded pests in the kitchen tend to be the ones that gather and feed on the food in your pantry like cereals, grains, rice, chocolate, and dry goods. Let’s take a look at common pantry pests and what you can do to prevent them.
Pantry pests seek out the food that is stored in your kitchen cabinets, cupboards, or pantry area. These types of pests tend to live near their food source and, in some cases, that means living right inside your food items once they have gained access to them. Some of the common pests you might discover include several types of beetles, a variety of weevils, and Indian Meal Moths. These pests can breed quickly, so a small problem could quickly become an infestation.
- While shopping at a bulk store may seem like a cost saving strategy, it may be better if you buy only what you need for a month at a time. If an infestation is common in your home, smaller packages may mean discarding less in the long run until the problem is solved. Use oldest products before newer ones, and opened packages before unopened ones.
- Inspect packages or bulk products before buying. Packages should be sealed and unbroken. Also check the freshness packaging date. Look for evidence of insects, including holes in the packaging or wrapping. If you discover any, report it to the store and discard the item.
- Store insect-free foods in tightly closed glass, metal, or heavy plastic containers. You can also store foods in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Keep food storage areas clean. Do not allow crumbs or spilled food to accumulate. Remove and discard old, unused products and inspect the remainder. Thoroughly clean cracks and corners with a vacuum cleaner. Also check and clean areas where pet food and birdseed are stored as these are common sources of infestations.
Finding insects or pests in your home can be unnerving. However, finding pests in your food can be absolutely alarming! How many pests are there? What foods have they infested? Have I accidentally eaten any of these bugs? Before you panic realize that kitchen and pantry pests are common and come in a wide variety including those that attack cereals, flour, herbs, spices, chocolate, dried fruits and similar items in the kitchen. A few of these insects may be present but go unnoticed. The pests are usually not noticed in the home until they become abundant. The Grain Beetle is one such pests that we will be focusing on in today’s blog.
Identification: Sawtooth grain beetles are tiny reddish brown bugs that have flat, narrow bodies that make it easy for them to enter cracks in storage areas or packaged materials. The adult sawtoothed grain beetle female lays up to 300 eggs, singly or in small batches. The eggs hatch in about eight days. In about 37 days, after molting between two to four times, the larvae are fully mature. This means that what may start as a small issue in your pantry can quickly evolve into a large infestation in weeks.
Controlling the Beetle: The first step in the control of these pests is sanitation. To control sawtoothed grain beetles, first try to locate the main source of infestation. Remove all dishes and food from cabinets and check for signs of insects. All insects in food should be killed before the food is discarded. After removal of the foods, thoroughly vacuum all cabinets, drawers, etc., with special attention to cracks and crevices. Always be sure that the insects in food or in the vacuum bag are killed or confined so they cannot escape to start another infestation elsewhere. To lessen the chances of grain beetle infestations, store food in glass, plastic or metal containers with tight fitting lids.
The next step in the control of these beetles is treating the infested areas to be sure these pests do not return. There are a few methods that you can discuss with the professionals at Pest-End including traps or pesticides depending upon your level of need or infestation. Don’t be shocked by the pantry and kitchen pests that may find their way into your home and, unfortunately, your food!