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Don’t Let Pantry Pests Take Over Your Home

Pantry pests such as pantry moths, pantry beetles, and weevils contaminate food with live insects, cocoons, webbing, feces, cast skins, dead carcasses, and in some instances bacterial decay.

Where do pantry pests come from?

In private residences pantry pests are usually brought in products from grocery stores and only need small amounts of food to live and breed.

Where do pantry pests live?

Pantry pest infestations are most likely to occur in packages of:

  • grains
  • seeds
  • nuts
  • cereals
  • flour
  • dried pet foods
  • pet treats

And, other packages that have been opened and unsealed for long periods of time.

If you are unsure about an item being infested by bugs, place it in a plastic bag. If you find the pantry pest accumulating in the bag, you know that the food is contaminated and needs to be discarded. It will sometimes take up to a month to see adult pantry pests emerge.

Even pantry pests in a single package can become so numerous that large numbers may find their way into every suitable material in the home, and will eventually crawl over floors, climb wall, and gather about windows.

You can prevent future pantry moth infestations by placing these items in airtight jars after they have been opened and periodically cleaning your pantry.

But, if you have already reached the point of no return, and you very obviously have a bug infestation problem in your home, a professional bug exterminator will perform a proper search and then treat the infestation with traps and/or crack and crevice aerosols.

If you have a pantry pest problem in the Northeast or surrounding Ohio areas, contact TNT Exterminating.