Have you ever opened your pantry and pulled out a bag of cornmeal or a box of cereal, and noticed little creatures moving around inside? If so, you are not alone. Each year thousands of pounds of food are destroyed by pantry pests. These tiny bugs can be very annoying and destructive, but what are they?
The list of pantry pests
can include different types of moths and weevils. These pests breed and feed inside of dried food such as cornmeal, rice, flour, and various kinds of cereals. They can be found just about anywhere food is stored, including grocery stores, warehouses, food processing plants, and even your home.
You might be wondering if any of these pantry pests are dangerous. Unlike many household pests, the ones you usually find in the pantry don’t sting or bite. The biggest threat that pantry pests pose is the contamination of food. Most pantry pests have four stages of development. For example, the stages of the Indian Meal Moth are egg, larvae, pupae, and adults. The most damage to food happens when mature females lay eggs inside a stored food product. As the eggs hatch into larvae, they start to feed voraciously. At this stage they are the most destructive, contaminating the food with their saliva and excrement.
Many people may overlook a pantry pest infestation simply because these bugs are so small. They often blend in with stored food, which makes them hard to spot. Many times, they arrive via a trip from the supermarket in closed boxes. Unfortunately, this surprise is not as pleasant as what you find in a box of Crackerjacks. When these Meal Moth pupae reach adulthood, they transform, and take flight. If you notice moths flying out of your pantry or flitting about in a container food, you have a problem. Pantry pests find their way into food at the processing facility, and it only takes a small number of insects to produce a large infestation. They are prolific breeders and produce a huge number of off-spring.
All it takes is one box of pasta containing any of the pantry pests to take over your entire food storage area, costing you hundreds of dollars. The best way to get rid of pantry pests is to hire a professional. Here at Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control, we can rid your home of pantry pests once and for all. Our team of pest control experts will use inspections and treatments to eliminate your pantry pest problem. We are trained in latest pest control techniques and pride ourselves on our continued education in the field. For years, we have served the residents of Riverside, Eastvale, Corona, Temecula, and surrounding areas. At the first sign of these destructive pests, or Bed Bugs, termites, roaches, nuisance wildlife, and things that go creepy crawling in the night, give us a call.