How Food-Infesting Insects Get into New Castle Pantries
You’ve likely found this article because you suspect you’re dealing with pantry pests. There are several types of pantry pests, including (but not limited to) cigarette beetles, saw-toothed beetles, and Indian meal moths
. If any of the following sounds familiar, you’ve landed in the right place!
Cigarette Beetles are oval in shape and somewhat hunchbacked. Their color ranges from red-brown to yellow-brown. As their name suggests, they enjoy feeding on tobacco products, as well as spices and pet food. Their larvae are worm-like and white to cream in color. Both can be observed in infested pantry products.
Saw-toothed beetles get their name from the six, saw-tooth-like projections that extend off their thorax. These beetles are slender, brown in color, and only 1/10 of an inch long. They will get into your grain products, dried fruit, nuts, and more. You will notice these bugs or their larvae (slender and cream colored) in infested food products.
Indian meal moths, as adults, have brown wings and grow to half an inch long. Their larvae are worm-like and cream-colored. This pest will infest cereal and other dry grains. It’s common for bird seed and other pet food to be infested, as well. You’ll notice silk webbing throughout the infested product, which is produced by the larvae. Once they reach their adult phase (as moths), Indian meal moths can usually be found in high corners and on ceilings.
What dangers do food-infesting insects cause?
There are two main problems that come with food-infesting pests: food contamination and they come in large numbers. You may have already found out that these insects don’t stop at just one bag of flour or one box of cereal. An infestation can spread throughout your entire kitchen. What’s worse than going for a bowl of cereal in the morning to find it full of worm-like creatures? Finding that all the boxes of cereal are infested with the same creatures. Your appetite can turn around real fast. Luckily, these insects are not known to spread diseases. However, we do want them gone as soon as possible. The longer they remain, the more they increase, and the higher your grocery bill will climb due to the necessity of throwing out food. Most pantry pests
lay hundreds of eggs at a time. No wonder packages become infested so quickly!
How did they get into my home?
Most pantry pests enter homes through already infested material that is store-bought. It’s hard to tell whether a package is infested before buying, but be sure to check it over prior to purchasing. Some signs could be holes or tears in the package, larvae or insects inside the package (if the package is clear), and silk webbing on or in the package. If you notice this with products in your home
, they should be disposed of, and it is likely that other foods in the home have already been infected. If you’re dealing with a pantry pest infestation, professional pest control can perform proper treatments and ensure the insects are gone for good.
Moyer Pest Control strives to help you with your pest needs as soon as possible. In most cases, we can be there the same day or the following day. DIY treatments are generally not recommended with this type of pest since using chemicals around food sources can be dangerous. Leave these pests to the professionals. We use Integrated Pest Management products and are EPA certified. Schedule now or give Moyer a call!