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Pantry Pest Identification

What are pantry pests?

Pantry pests are insects that invade stored food products and some damage fabric and other items made of animal products. Many pantry pests in Florida invade our homes and businesses to take advantage of the stored foods located inside.

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Some of the most common pantry pests include:

  • Weevils
  • Indian meal moths
  • Grain beetles
  • Cigarette beetles
  • Drug store beetles
  • Clothes moths

Are pantry pests dangerous?

The most significant threat pantry pests pose is food waste. Food infested with insects needs to be thrown out. Adult female lay their eggs on a suitable food source. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the provided food source, contaminating it with saliva, excrement, and shed skins. Pantry pests don’t bite or sting people and don’t damage our homes’ structure.

Why do I have a pantry pest problem?

Pantry pests become a problem inside our homes because they provide them with the food sources they need to complete their life cycle. The most common way pantry pests find a way into our homes is inside stored products purchased from the store already infested with pantry pest larvae or eggs. Food packages that have tears or holes in them are most susceptible to an infestation of pantry pests. Some pantry pests also move inside our homes in used upholstered furniture, rugs, blankets, and other like items.

Sometimes adults enter homes and other structures on their own. Exterior lights around doors often attract moths and other pantry pests to the outside of your home. They then find a way inside through spaces around windows and doors or through torn screens.

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Where will I find pantry pests?

Pantry pests live in a variety of structures, including:

  • Houses
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Schools
  • Food processing facilities
  • Food storage facilities

They invade and contaminate many things, including items made of wool and leather and dry goods like flour, pancake mix, cereal, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, chocolate, and more. 

How do I get rid of pantry pests?

With over 21 years of combined experience, you can trust Rodent Solutions to rid your Bradenton, Florida area home of pantry pests. Our technicians are dedicated to pest control and work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved. We complete a thorough inspection to accurately identify your pest problem and then put into place the comprehensive pest control services needed to provide a long-term solution.

If you are looking for the best solution to your pantry pest problem, reach out to the pest professionals at Rodent Solutions.

How can I prevent pantry pests in the future?

Pantry pests and other insects are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you to guard your home against pantry pests:

  • Do not buy food products with rips or tears in the packaging.
  • If possible, avoid buying dry goods in bulk at grocery stores and pet stores.
  • Store dry goods in plastic or glass containers with airtight lids; don’t leave them in the original packaging.
  • Keep pantry areas and cabinets free of food debris.
  • Regularly inspect foods stored in the pantry for signs of pantry pests and eliminate older or out-of-date foods.
  • Keep dry pet food in metal or plastic containers with a locking lid.
  • Stop adult pantry pests from finding a way into your home by sealing holes in screens, gaps around windows and doors, and place door sweeps on exterior doors.

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