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How to Keep Beetles and Moths Out of Your Pantry This Summer

June 14, 2019

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a smll brown beetle insecting a souderton home pantry as it crawls along the food shelves

When you go out grocery shopping each week, chances are you’re not looking for signs of infested food products. Most Souderton residents go to the store seeking out cereals, fruits, vegetables, bread, stored products, and anything else they would typically choose to eat on a normal basis. During the summer, it’s way more likely that you’ll be focused on getting what you need at the store and heading back home than actively searching for food items that have been infested with one of the common types of pantry pests. Some of the most notable species of pantry pest are Indian meal moths, saw-toothed grain beetles, and cigarette beetles.

Why are pantry pests invading?

Something out of the ordinary about pantry pests is the fact that, most of the time, they are not actively attempting to enter your home. More often than not, they are actually introduced to your Souderton property by accident! The most frequent reason pantry pests such as saw-toothed grain beetles, Indian meal moths, and cigarette beetles are able to infest your home is often due to an infested grocery item being brought back from the store. Infested food items usually consist of eggs and larva rather than adult insects, which makes it even more difficult to identify when an item is contaminated. Once infested food items are brought into your home, eggs will hatch and larvae will begin feeding and growing. If the infestation is not discovered soon, one contaminated food product will quickly turn into several.

Warning Signs & Prevention Steps

Pantry pests are quite difficult to get rid of once you have them, which makes it even more important to identify them before they become a major problem in your Souderton home.

Some of the things you can watch out for if your home has been invaded include:

  • Small holes in paper boxes or bags.

  • Larvae and eggs in stored food items.

  • Adult pantry pests crawling or flying around. 

While pantry pests are most commonly introduced to homes through previously contaminated products, they can occasionally come in through outside means.

Professional pest control is always the best solution for pest infestations.

There are some preventative steps you can take to ensure that you’re not the one bringing pantry pests onto your Souderton property:

  • Inspect food items for larvae or eggs before bringing those items home.

  • Check bags and cereal boxes for small holes.

  • Seal gaps and cracks around your foundations, utility openings, and exterior walls.

  • Turn off lights that may attract insects to your property at night.

  • Store food items in plastic containers that pantry pests cannot chew through.

Here at Moyer Pest Control, we are always finding new solutions to the problems pantry pests create in Souderton homes. If you believe your property has a pantry pest infestation, consider reaching out to the pest professionals here at Moyer to cover your pest control problems year-round!



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