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What You Need To Know To Keep Pantry Pests Out Of Your New Castle Home

August 21, 2020


Is there anything more disgusting than the idea of eating bugs? Although some cultures consider certain insects as delicacies, America is nowhere close to accepting any pest as a viable source of food. So it makes sense to avoid intentionally eating bugs. The question is, what can you do to stop bugs from sneaking into your food? Today we are talking about pests that love infesting stored food items. Here is everything you need to know about pantry pests along with some simple tricks to keep them out of your New Castle home.

Common Pantry Pests

Pantry pests come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Typically they are either beetles or moths. Here in New Castle, we have three main pantry pests. Here is how you can identify each.

an indian meal moth in a pantry
  1. Indian meal moths are small, only ⅜ of an inch long and ⅝ inches wide when their wings are extended. The larvae of Indian meal moths are usually cream-colored and sometimes yellowish-green or pinkish with dark brown heads.

  2. Saw-toothed beetles are flat, dark brown in color, and have six tiny projections on each side just behind their heads. These projections are nearly impossible to see without a microscope. The larvae from this pest are yellowish-white in color and are just a bit smaller than adults.

  3. Cigarette beetles are typically light brown in color and their heads are barely visible when looked at from above. This gives these pests a “humped” appearance. Cigarette beetle larvae are creamy-white in color and are shaped like a worm.

How Pantry Pest Infestations Start

Pantry pests love dried foods. Most often these pests will sneak into facilities where food is being prepared, or into supermarkets where boxes of tasty treats line the shelves. From here they will try to find their way into a box filled with goodies in order to lay their eggs. By the time an infested food item enters your home, eggs have already turned into larvae which are now feeding to their heart’s content. Once inside your home, new adult pantry pests can move from box to box laying more eggs, spreading the problem further.
Some pantry pests get inside through cracks, gaps, and openings in your home’s exterior. Once in, they will look for accessible foods to lay their eggs in. Once eggs are laid, it only takes a few days for problems to start.

How To Prevent Pantry Pests

Because pantry pests are able to invade inside food and from outside your home, a unique set of prevention tips are required to keep them out of your home. Here are a few things our experts recommend.

  • Avoid buying boxes of food that have been damaged or have holes in them.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Make sure all of your home’s windows and doors are properly sealed.

  • Repair or replace broken weather stripping, screens, and door sweeps around your home.

  • Keep pantries closed as much as possible and dried foods stored in tightly sealed containers.

The Only Way To Eliminate Pantry Pests

If you suspect your home has a pantry pest infestation, there is really only one reliable solution, and that is to get a professional involved. At Moyer Pest Control, we offer detailed services to keep out and eliminate unwanted pantry pests. Our friendly technicians are standing by and ready to find the best solution to your home’s pest problems.
Reach out to one of our service representatives today with questions or to schedule a visit for your New Castle home.

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