The pantry can be a difficult area to manage when it comes to household pests. Indian meal moths, weevils, and various pantry beetles can seemingly appear out of nowhere and contaminate large amounts of food in a very short period of time. To prevent and control pantry pests, proper storage and sanitation is essential.
Tips to Prevent Pantry Pests
Pantry pests are especially attracted to food items like flour, oats, grains, cereals, and rice. To prevent pests, your efforts must start before you even bring the food into your home. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, from what to do at the grocery store to proper storage and cleaning techniques. Following these simple tips from EcoArmor Pest Control can make a huge difference in your pantry.
- Before you purchase anything from the grocery store, you should carefully inspect the packaging for small tears, holes, or bugs that have found their way in. Many pantry pest infestations begin in contaminated food that you unknowingly bring into your home.
- When you are purchasing food items, ensure that it comes in a quantity that you can eat within a relatively short amount of time. Buying large amounts of food that will remain open for extended periods may increase your risk for attracting pests. Long-term storage is important, but the food must be saved properly to avoid problems.
- After purchasing flour and other grains, you can place them in a ziploc storage bag and put them in the freezer for a couple of weeks before opening them. Any eggs that are in the package will be killed, and the products will then be safe to store in your pantry.
- Properly store opened foods by placing them in airtight containers that are made of metal, glass, or heavy plastic. Pantry pests can burrow or chew their way through paper and other thin materials to gain access to the food.
- Create a food rotation system where the oldest food is used first. This helps prevent opened packages of food from remaining on the shelf too long. If the product is used very seldom, you might want to store it in the fridge or freezer.
- Keep pantries, cupboards and other storage areas clean. Wipe the counters, clean up spills, sweep regularly, and use a vacuum hose to clean crumbs out of drawers and off of shelves. If you find expired food as you are cleaning, throw it out.
What do you do if you find an infestation?
Pantry infestations are not likely to be dangerous, but they are frustrating and time-consuming to deal with. Small eggs, larva, and pupa are hardly visible, which means they may be present long before you realize what is happening. By the time you start noticing adult bugs, chances are good that a sizable infestation is present.
First, try to find the source of the infestation. This will be easy if it is still relatively small, but once the infestation has spread, finding the source may be impossible. Go through all of your food items and throw out any that have been affected. Next, remove everything from the pantry and give it a thorough cleaning. You can also get help from a professional pest control specialist. From this point on, make sure that you are following all the above tips to ensure that you don’t have to deal with pantry pests again.
Pantry Pest Control
For help dealing with pantry pests, contact EcoArmor Pest Defense. Our treatments are fast and effective. We also have great eco-friendly options available! At EcoArmor, we know that the best offense is a great defense. For pest control in Anna, TX and the surrounding areas, contact us today.