Problems Food-Infesting Insects Bring to Pennsylvania Pantries
We hope you've never had the unsavory pleasure of finding pantry pests in your food, but if you have, then you probably know what we’re talking about. There is not much that can ruin a fun time in the kitchen like the discovery of food-infesting insects. And, as you would probably assume from their name, the infestation of food items is the most significant problem pantry pests present when they find their way into our Pennsylvania homes.
Food infestation by pantry pests is multi-faceted. It isn't just about a single product being ruined. Instead, it is often a problem that spreads. Pantry pests typically move from food item to food item within your pantry, resulting in a much larger problem. To prevent this, it is a good idea to store pantry items that come in paper, cardboard, or thin plastic packaging in sealed plastic containers. These containers prevent smells from attracting pantry pests and keep the foods inside fresher, which pantry pests don't prefer. And those sealed containers also prevent pantry pests from getting in or moving from one stored item to the next.
One problem with pantry pests that we often don’t think about is that when they invade, it isn't always noticeable. You may grab a piece of bread or some crackers and not even realize there are insect eggs on those items. That will be an unpleasant surprise, that’s for sure! Pantry pests commonly target candy, cereal, grains, flour, dried fruit, pasta, nuts, and more. And when they do, the warning signs of their presence will most likely be the moths, beetles, or weevils crawling around in your pantry, not the larvae or eggs in your food. If you’re lucky, you may also notice webbing in your food. If you do, we recommend that you throw out that food immediately.
Fortunately, pantry pests are a low risk for harmful diseases. They aren't going to present the same threat level as cockroaches, mice, rats, or other unsanitary pests. Even house flies present a far greater health threat than a pantry pest. In fact, house flies are strongly suspected of transmitting more than 65 diseases to humans, but that's beside the point. What we’re trying to say is, pantry pests don’t present much of a threat for disease. They do cause a variety of other problems, though.