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Food-Infesting Insect Identification


What are food-infesting insects?

Food-infesting insects, often called pantry pests, are a group of insects including the Indian meal moth, saw-toothed grain beetles, cigarette beetles, as well as many others.

Indian Meal Moths - The Indian meal moth is a common grain-infesting pest that is found throughout the world. Often referred to as “waxworms”, these insects feed on and infest cereal and other dry grain products.

Sawtoothed Grain Beetles - The saw-toothed grain beetle is slender-bodied, flat, brown beetles that are about 1/10 of an inch long with six saw-like tooth projections on each side of their thorax. These beetles prefer all grains, except flour-based products, but they will also eat cereals, breakfast foods, dried fruits, macaroni, crackers, tobacco, chocolate, and nuts.

Cigarette Beetles - The adult cigarette beetle is a small, reddish or yellowish-brown beetle. When seen from above, these beetles look oval-shaped, but from the side they appear more humpbacked in shape. They range from 1/10 to 1/8 of an inch long. Cigarette beetles are more commonly seen during the fall and winter months and infest dried tobacco, spices, and dry dog food.

a food infesting insect crawling on the shelf of a pantry inside of a home in souderton pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

Food-infesting insects have an appetite for many types of stored food products. They love flour, cereal, dry pasta, dry pet food, powdered milk, corn starch, crackers, spices, bread, birdseed, dried nuts, and fruit. They can enter your home from neighboring homes or apartments, but more commonly are brought into the home inside contaminated food packages.

Are food-infesting insects dangerous?

These insects do not bite, sting, or spread disease. However, they are nuisance pests that can contaminate and spoil our food, creating waste and increasing our cost of living.

How do I get rid of food-infesting insects?

Indian meal moths, saw-toothed grain beetles, and cigarette beetles are difficult to get rid of because of their ability to infest our food items. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of food-infesting insects and recommend one of our two Home Guard pest control plans that provide coverage for these pests to help you get rid of them.

Can I do it myself?

It is very difficult to identify food-infesting insects, so they are not a pest many homeowners have success in eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays advertised to rid your property of food infesting insects simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective and can also be dangerous to use around food items.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets, or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families, or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent on your own, so many of our customers choose one of our 3 comprehensive, year-round programs to ensure food-infesting insects stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides quality pest control services in Souderton, King Of Prussia, Roslyn, and throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.  Contact us today to learn more about the services available in your area!

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