Pantry pests are, as their name suggests, insects that infest dried goods. While not the most dangerous pest, they can be a real nuisance to deal with. From rice weevils to flour beetles, these pests are often already in packages when they get into your home or business. At Specialized Pest Control & Lawn Care, we know that pantry pests are a pain to deal with, which is why we are committed to helping our customers keep them away for good with expert pantry pest control tips.
What Are Pantry Bugs?
Pantry pest beetles are pests that will infest dried goods. All pantry pests prefer different types of grains to infest—flour, dried beans, rice, pasta, seeds, cereal, and pet food are just a few of the common items infested by pantry bugs. Also known as “stored product pests”, pantry pests are a common issue for commercial properties in addition to homes. The most common pantry pests we deal with in here in Northern Utah include:
- Cigarette beetles
- Merchant grain beetles
- Confused flour beetles
- Rice weevils
- Saw-toothed grain beetles
- Powderpost beetles
- Indian meal moths
How to Prevent Pantry Pests
To avoid dealing with pantry weevils extermination, it’s important to learn how to keep these pantry bugs out in the first place. As with most pests, the best form of pantry pest control is prevention. Here’s how to keep pantry bugs away:
- Always store food and baking ingredients or dried goods in airtight containers.
- Check expiration dates and regularly toss any expired items from your cupboard before use.
- At the grocery store and before bringing them indoors, check your groceries for signs of damage.
- Sticking a bay leaf inside canisters of dried goods like flour, rice, and other grains can help keep bugs away.
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Getting Rid of Pantry Bugs in Utah
Pantry pest control may seem simple, but it can be especially difficult for commercial properties to prevent pantry bugs. If you discover an infestation in your home, quickly and carefully dispose of infested items. From there, clean out your pantry thoroughly. For pantry weevils extermination assistance, contact the pantry pest control experts at Specialized today!
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