Pantry Pests

August 11, 2015 1:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There really is nothing more off putting than sitting down at the breakfast table to pour your favorite cereal only to find bugs, eggs or larvae have found their way into the box!  This is no way to start your morning.  Unfortunately, no home is completely immune from pests that find their way into your pantry.  How do these gross little pests get into your home, and more importantly, into the area where you store your food?  What pests are the most common culprits and how can you prevent them from making a return visit to your pantry?  Read further to find out more about these insipid pantry pests.

“How do these bugs get into my home?” – Pantry pests are usually brought into the home in prepackaged food products. Since the insects can chew through cardboard, aluminum foil and paper they can make their way into your kitchen area as they catch a ride in boxes purchased from the grocery story or big warehouse markets.  Even if just a few pests have hitched a ride into your pantry, they can quickly become a large problem because their population can quickly reproduce and find haven among your food.  Stored foods commonly infested include flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed foods, crackers, macaroni, cured meats, powdered milk, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn and spices. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, bird seed and ornamental corn.

Common Pantry Pests – Once you suspect that you have a pest problem now you must find out what type of insect is camping out in order to eradicate it properly.  the most common pests for this area of the home include:

  • Indian meal moths
  • dermestid beetles
  • sawtoothed grain beetles
  • cigarette and drugstore beetles
  • flour beetles
  • granary, rice and maize weevils
  • bean weevils
  • spider beetles

Tips for Prevention of Pantry Pests

  • Inspect your pantry regularly for insects and signs of insects.
  • Buy only the food you need.  The longer a food source is around the greater likelihood that a pest has been able to find its way in.  Use older foods first to minimize the chance of infestation.
  • Regularly vacuum and wipe down the surface of the food storage areas to ensure that crumbs and food debris do not attract pests.
  • Use containers that can not be chewed through for storage such as thick plastic, glass or well sealed containers.
  • In the case you find insects in or around the food source, get rid of the food immediately.  Clean with non toxic cleaners the area.  Be sure to continually check for reinfestation.  Sanitation is really the best method of making sure that the bugs do not return.
  • Contact a pest management company like Pest-End to discuss other methods to eradicate your pantry problem.


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