How To Prevent Food Infesting Pests
January 9, 2012
There’s nothing worse than opening up your box of cereal to find bugs crawling inside! Unfortunately, it is not all that uncommon to spot a food infesting pest, or pantry pest in your shelf foods. Food infesting pests include the Indian meal moth, Cigarette beetle, and Saw-toothed grain beetle among many others. If you are one of the many people wondering what is in your food, how they got there, and how to avoid them from coming back, you are not alone. Food infesting pests can be a thing of the past with the information and prevention tips from Moyer Indoor | Outdoor, a long time PA pest control company.
What are food infesting pests?
Food infesting pests, also referred to as pantry pests or stored product pests, are a variety of insects that are most likely to be spending their time in your foods with a long shelf life such as flour, pasta, cereal, and grains. Dog food and birdseed are another source for food infesting pests. There are many different types of food infesting pests, but the ones most common to the area are:
Indian Meal Moths
Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles
Food infesting pests prefer to feed on your dry grains, but you may also find them in other opened foods throughout your pantry.
How do they get in my food?
Food infesting pests usually get into your food before you have even bought it. Often times when you have an infestation of such insects, it came from a small opening or a damaged part of your food’s packaging. Once in a while you may find that your infestation was a result of pantry pests coming into your home from your neighbor’s problem, but that is less likely.
How can I prevent them?
There are ways to protect yourself from the trauma of bugs in your food. The best way to prevent finding a food infesting pest is to carefully check your foods at the grocery store before you buy them. You want to check the packaging for any damages, any small openings, or defects of any kind. Also, store all of your foods with a longer shelf life in a container with a tight fitting lid. This will stop any of these pests from entering food that has already been opened in your home. The last pest prevention tip is to keep your kitchen clean of spills and crumbs, which may attract even larger problems such as ants or rodents.
Keeping your cupboards clear of any food infesting pests does not have to be a hard task if you take preventative measures. But if you have found any of your shelf food infested with a pantry pest, contact the Pennsylvania pest control experts of Moyer. Serving Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties, Moyer Indoor | Outdoor is here to keep your home pest free.