Pantry pests contaminate food! The contaminants consist of live insects, cocoons, webbing, feces, caste skins, dead carcasses, and sometimes bacterial decay. Infested food is covered with silky webbing and excretion from the larvae, leaving it unattractive and inedible.
Pantry Pests cause a great deal of food loss in this country. These pests, usually beetles or moths infest stored food like; grains, cereal, flour, seeds, bread and many other foods. When opening these products, check for any signs of infestations. Once opened, seal foods in containers with tight fitting lids. Clean any spilled product in cabinets or pantry and keep containers and pantry dry.
If there is one thing that will draw bugs into your home faster than any other, it is the presence of food that has not been properly sealed up and put away. This can be a particular problem in pantries and other areas where food is kept before being prepared.
There are so many different pests that can infest a pantry that a professional must invest in a wide variety of control measures that are effective for each particular pest at any given time.
Pantry Moths are a common pest that can cause problems in and around food storage areas. Other pests that frequently enter a pantry or food storeroom creating problems are roaches, ants, and rodents. Some of the most familiar pantry pests in our area are Granary Weevils, Rice Weevils, Indian Meal Moths, Flour Beetles, Saw-toothed Grain Beetles, Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, Meal Worms, Grain Moths, Sweet Potato Weevils, Flour Moths, Lesser Grain Borers, Bean Weevils, Warehouse Beetles, etc...
In most cases the infestation in the food items were already present when the food was purchased. Proper food storage is very important to reduce the likelihood that an infestation will occur. Make sure containers are sealed and tear resistant. Most often you won't even know of an infestation until you open a package of a rarely used food product or you see the presence of flying or crawling adults in the pantry.
As soon as you notice an infestation you must remove the contaminated food products, and thoroughly clean in all cracks and crevices of the pantry.Once everything is sanitary, you should put together an effective control and elimination effort.There are many pheromone traps and chemical treatments to accomplish this.This process is best handled by a professional who is trained with the knowledge of each particular pest and equipped to administer the correct treatment programs accordingly.
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The Rice Weevil is dark brown and will usually have four lighter colored patches on its wings. The Granary Weevil is all dark brown in color. Both weevils are internal feeders and the larva develops inside whole grain kernels. The female bores a small hole into a grain kernel and deposits a single egg into the hole. The weevils repeat this process until she deposits 300 - 400 eggs. As a general rule on about 50% actually hatch.
After pupation the adult weevil will chew its way out of the kernel. The open round holes are a sign of weevil infestation. The size of a weevil depends on the size of the kernel on which the larva developed inside of. Rice weevils are prolific breeders and can build up huge populations in stored grain, to a point where the product may have to be discarded.
When disturbed, both the Rice and Granary Weevils will play dead by drawing their legs close to the body. They then lie still for several moments before resuming movement. The Granary Weevil does not fly while the Rice Weevil is an active flyer.
Both Rice and Granary weevils attack whole grains such as; wheat, corn, barley, and rice. They may also attack such foods as macaroni and spaghetti. Rice Weevils also feed on beans, nuts and cereals.In the home infestations are generally found in cupboards containing cereals, rice, nuts, corn meal, flour products, and pastas.
To control these pantry pests, inspection of whole grain products stored in the pantry and cupboards must be preformed. Any infested products should be discarded.An affordable pest control professional can be helpful in finding difficult infestation sources.Clean cupboards and the pantry where contaminated foods were removed, by vacuuming and wiping them out with sudsy water. Store all pantry products in containers with tight fitting lids.
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