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When you’re rummaging through your pantry for a snack, the last thing you hope to find is bugs, especially inside of your food! Tiny pests are known to infiltrate pantry items like bags of cereal, rice, or flour, laying their eggs inside of these pantry staples. If you’ve ever dealt with bugs in your pantry or want to make sure you don’t find any the next time you grab a snack, follow the tips on our blog today. AAA Termite & Pest Control shares a few things to consider about pantry pests so that you can prevent finding these bugs in your food.
Common pantry bugs
Pantry pests include beetles, weevils, and moths, which prefer to lay their eggs in stored food. The most common pantry pests are sawtoothed grain beetles, Indian meal moths, rice weevils, and drugstore beetles, although there are other pests that homeowners may spot in their pantry items, like spiders, flies, gnats, and roaches, which are just looking for the same thing you are – a snack. Thankfully, proper storage of your pantry food items as well as keeping your home clean can help reduce these household pests. The aforementioned pests, however, are interested in using your bag of rice or sack of flour to lay their eggs and hatch their offspring. And these pests can even find their way into unopened, sealed food.
How can I tell if I have bugs in my pantry?
Always be aware of how you store your open food items. Cereal, rice, flour, and any other food item where you have excess or leftovers should be stored in an airtight container. But even if you grab a new box or package, always inspect the food for any beetles, weevils, moths, or larvae and check the expiration date. Otherwise, unless you spot these tiny insects or their larvae, you could have them living in your pantry and not even know it. So look closely and inspect food before cooking or serving. Even if you just purchased it from the store, unfortunately, unopened food can harbor pantry bugs, and sometimes, grocery stores fail to rotate their food on the shelves by the expiration date.
How can I prevent pantry pests?
While pantry pests cannot be avoided at times, there are certain measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of dealing with an infestation in your pantry.
- Never purchase food items that are unsealed or damaged
- Seal holes, cracks, and crevices around your home
- Repair or replace seals around doors and windows
- Ensure your windows have screens
- Repair damage to the exterior of your home
- Always inspect your packaged food before eating
- Always check the expiration dates on your packaged food
- Store open food in airtight containers, if at all possible
Professional pest control treatments in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee
Finding bugs in your food can be disheartening as it results in having to throw away food that could otherwise have been eaten. Professional, year-round pest control treatments are one of the best ways to reduce the risk of getting bugs inside your house and pantry. If you want to get rid of pantry pests in Cordova, contact AAA Termite & Pest Control by calling (901) 737-7378.