Stored Product Pest Control & Treatment
Have stored product pests infested your home or business? Contact us today for treatment against meal moths, pantry beetles and dry food bugs of all kinds.
What are Stored Product Pests?
Stored product pests are insects that gather in and around the dry foods that are often kept in pantries. These pantry pests love foods like flour, dry cereals, chocolate, grains, and dry pet food. They can leave skin sheds, eggs and larvae in infested products.
What Types of Pantry Insects Are There?
There are many types of stored product pests. However, the most common pantry pests likely to invade your home or business, include:
Why Do I Have Stored Product Beetles and Moths?
If you have a stored product pest infestation in your home or business, it’s because they’ve found food. From crumbs or open food packages in the pantry to expired items in the back of cupboards, stored product pests don’t discriminate when it comes to their next snack.
To stop these types of food bugs from taking over your space, keep all food safely stored in sealed containers. Put packaged grains, cereals and dried fruits in airtight jars or containers. It’s also crucial to clean and sanitize your shelves and cupboards periodically to reduce the risk of infestation.
Why Pest Infestation in Food is a Problem
Stored product pests don’t bite and aren’t known for transmitting disease or other health risks. However, they will spoil your food and use it as a breeding ground. Small pantry beetles and moths can do a surprisingly large amount of damage and increase their numbers quickly. In fact, given time to mate and lay eggs, a few beetles can quickly turn into a full infestation!
How Can Plunkett’s Solve My Stored Product Pest Problem?
Did you find a moth in your meal? A beetle in your beans? It can be surprising and discouraging to find bugs in food supplies at home or work. We’ve been helping families feel safe from all manner of pests for over 100 years. We can treat your space and rid you of adult pests, larvae, and eggs quickly and efficiently. Contact Plunkett’s today and let us make sure all your pantry insects are never invited back into your cupboards.
Stored Product Pest Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Rid of Pantry Pests?
Prevention means keeping your food safely stored and your shelves and cupboards clean. Transfer packaged grains and cereals to airtight jars and containers. Pet food and birdseed are often overlooked sources of stored product pests so don’t forget to properly store them. Learn more about getting rid of stored product pests!
What are Japanese Beetles?
Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are an invasive beetle species distributed throughout most of the eastern and central U.S. They are a common garden pest, so you’ll frequently see adult Japanese beetles on garden plant leaves. Learn more about Japanese beetles!
Are Pantry Pests Harmful?
Pantry pests aren’t generally capable or interested in harming you. However, there’s a good chance they’ll cause irritation or an allergic reaction. They won’t sting or bite you, but you’ll most certainly want to throw out any food that is infested. Learn more about pantry pests!
Why Do Moths Eat Clothes?
Contrary to popular belief, adult clothing moths do not eat clothing. However, moth larvae do eat clothing—or rather the fibers in clothing—in order to grow. Most clothing contains organic fibers made from animal bi-products. Virtually all fibers derived from animals contain keratin. Moth larvae need to process a lot of keratin to grow and create the material they use to spin their cocoons. Learn more about moths larvae and their eating habits!
How Should You Store Dry Foods to Prevent Pest Infestation?
All dried foods and dried pet foods should be stored in glass or plastic containers with airtight lids. Once you open a food package, transfer the contents to a new container to keep it safe. Keep foods fresh by cycling older items to the front of your cabinets.
How do Bugs Get Into Sealed Packages?
Many pantry pests and their larvae are tiny and can squeeze through small openings in packages. Other insects can chew through plastic or cardboard materials. Keep your items safe in bug-proof containers, especially for long term storage.