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There are many pests that will invade your home to take up residence in your kitchen cupboards or pantry and we tend to lump them all in the category “pantry pest”. The most common pests to invade kitchens are the Indian meal moth, the merchant grain beetle, and the drugstore beetle. Knowing which pest is invading your food supplies is an important step in eliminating them. Let’s take an in-depth look at each of them.

Indian Meal Moth:

The Indian meal moth is a tan shaded insect with copper to red coloring on the outside of its wings. It has a long, oval shape, six legs, antennae, and measures around 5/8 of an inch. It has wings and is capable of flight. Indian meal moths eat fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candy, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, and more. They are famous for infesting foods in manufacturing sites, warehouses, stores, and home kitchens. Both the adult and the larvae will cause stored foods to become contaminated, and the larvae will damage packaging. To prevent Indian meal moths in your environment, inspect product packaging before purchasing, and discard infested foods in outdoor trash receptacles. Vacuum storage areas regularly and wash thoroughly with warm soapy water. Also, make sure your food is stored on shelves in air-tight containers.

Merchant Grain Beetle:

The merchant grain beetle is dark brown, has six legs, and a narrow, oval body that is approximately 1/10 inch. They are equipped with six saw-like teeth on either side of their body. They also have antennae but do not have wings and are incapable of flight. These pests love to feed on cereal, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies, and chocolate rather than grains. They will infest kitchen storage areas, food processing sites, and warehouses and will live, eat, and lay eggs in the food they infest thoroughly contaminating these products. To prevent merchant grain beetles, be sure to identify and remove all sources that are infested and discard them in outside trash bins. Clean shelves and other infested areas with hot, soapy water, and have a pest professional apply preventative products and monitor for further activity.

Drugstore beetles:

The drugstore beetle is a tiny, oval, dark brown insect that measures only 2-3.5 mm. Its head is not apparent when looking down upon it, making this bug appear to be “humped”. They are equipped with wings, are capable of flight, and are attracted to light sources. These pests love to infest herbs, flour, cereal, and spices as well as non-food items like books, furs, leather, and more. They have even been known to infest certain poisonous substances such as strychnine. The versatility of these pests makes them a threat to all areas of the home as well as food processing areas, and retail areas. When they infest your home, it is important to identify all areas of infestation throughout your home and discard all contaminated items. Vacuum all areas where drugstore beetles were found and wash with hot, soapy water. In order to eliminate bugs that are hiding in cracks and crevices, it is advisable for you to contact a pest professional for proper insecticide choice and proper application of this product to avoid contaminating food sources.

In order to safely deal with pantry pests in your Pennsylvania home, business, warehouse, or manufacturing facility many turn to the highly-skilled experts at Witt Pest Management. We will quickly seek out the source of the infestation, assist you with proper disposal, safely treat areas to eliminate any lingering activity and apply preventive materials to help prevent a re-infestation. To see how we can help you eliminate pantry pests in your home or business, simply give us a call today.

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