As if homeowners do not have enough problems to deal with, they also have to worry about bringing home food that comes with a little something extra: pantry pests. Knowing what to look for, however, can help you deal with these pests in an efficient manner. Read on if you are interested in learning some background information on these pantry pests.
Pests of any kind are unwelcome in the household, but it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with them so you know what you are dealing with. Pantry pests are typically moths or beetles. Meal moths have a widely ranging appetite that includes rice, nuts, candy, and cereal. There are various different types of beetles that may be trying to feed on the food products that you purchase including warehouse, red flour, and cigarette beetles. These beetles feed on an extensive array of foods from cookies, spices, and pet foods to dried fruit, grains, and even drugs.
While these pests may not harm humans by biting them like bed bugs or destroying their structures like termites, pantry pests attack by contaminating food products. They may do this via droppings, saliva, hairs, or even their bodies themselves. This contamination can cause a range of effects. Pantry pest contamination may give your food to have an unpleasant taste or odor, and hairs that are left behind and consumed can cause irritation of the throat, mouth, or stomach.
Treatment and Prevention
Because these pantry pests can live for many days without sustenance, your treatment must be thorough. Consult your pest management professionals in order to have the infestation removed. You should also keep your food in airtight containers and keep food products that are not frequently used in the freezer rather than in cabinets in order to prevent infestation.
Please do not hesitate to call Payne Pest Management for more information about pantry pests. We are an Orange County based pest control service that specializes in the fumigation of bed bugs and termites. Visit our website or give us a call at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about what we can do for you.