Windermere Pest Control - Pantry Pests
There is nothing worse than getting something out of your pantry to use for a meal only to find insects in it. However, that is a very real problem for homeowners here in Central Florida with its warm, humid climate an ideal environment for insect pests. The professional exterminators at Pest Detector offer pest control in Windermere as well as Mascotte, Groveland, Minneola, Montverde, Clermont, Apopka, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Davenport, Haines City and the surrounding areas.
What are pantry pests?
Pantry pests can infest powdered milk, crackers, cereal and more. These types of insects, which include weevils, moths and beetles, usually enter your home in an infested package of food. These insect pests are usually quite small and might be the same color as the infested food. They are often in the egg or larvae stage when they hitchhike into your home on food packages.
However, once they are inside your pantry, they feed, go through their life stages, reproduce and multiply. They will not go away on their own. As a professional pest control company we can help to rid your home of pantry pests and keep them from returning.
There are several types of weevils. Mostly, weevils infest rice and other grains.
Meal moths, such as the Indianmeal moth, do all their damage as larvae, attacking cereal, cereal products, cornmeal, flour, rice, dried fruits and vegetables, chocolate, candies and nuts. If they really get established, they will invade other parts of the home far from the pantry. The female lays eggs in food products. The eggs hatch in a few days into small, whitish caterpillars that spin a web of silken threads as they grow into larvae and crawl.
There are numerous species of beetles that live on food products in a pantry. They will infest a broad range of products such as candy, cocoa, cookies, nuts and seeds, potato chips, cereals, cornmeal, flour, grain, pasta, dried peas and beans, spices, dried herbs, coconut, drugs, pet foods, dead insects and even rat bait.
Preventing pantry pests in your home
Preventing an outbreak entails proper sanitation and control. That means keeping your pantry clean and storing food items in containers with tight-fitting lids
However, once an infestation has occurred, it takes more than doing those things to bring the problem under control. That is because there can be eggs or larvae in the corners or cracks of shelves in the pantry. In addition, pantry pests can lurk on the sides of packages.
Call us if you have pantry pests. You might notice them as small flying moths or beetles around food. As a professional pest control, we can help.