Have you ever gone to the pantry to get your favorite snack and been bombarded by moths the second you open the door? This could very well be an indication you are dealing with stored product pests.
Stored product pests are usually beetles’ or moths’ and the damage is typically done by the immature stages (larvae). If you have stored product pests in the pantry that is not an indication that you, or the food you bought, is nasty. Insects are all around us in the world and there is no perfect way to keep them out of our homes, businesses, cars, or even our food. As the name implies stored product pests feed on a wide range of stored products like grains, oats, tobacco, spices, dried fruits/veggies, chocolate, dog food, bird seed, rid-x (which contains ground up stored products) and a handful more. One sure fire way to help control stored product pests is freezing all stored goods after purchase and keeping them in an air tight container like a pop-container or mason jar. Bags won’t do much good as the larvae can chew right through the bag, and they can even chew through card board boxes.
If you already have an existing infestation, then it is time to call pest management professionals. Locating the stored products that have the infestation can be a rather difficult task. Our pest professionals are specifically taught how to examine and locate all the products in your pantry that have an infestation. In addition, they are trained on any and all applications that need to be made and how to safely preform the task. A good indicator that you may have an issue with these stored product pests is spiders living in the pantry. Spiders are predators of insects and other arthropods (from phylum Arthropoda which contains insects and their kin). They have no reason to get in your pantry and would starve without some sort of food source. If you see spiders in the pantry but do not see any adult beetles (very tiny) or moths then freeze your stored products, and call pest control professionals right away to try and stop the problem before it starts. If you find food with webbing or insects present, take it outdoors to throw it away immediately. Be sure you take it to an outdoor trash can or the infestation can spread. One other thing to remember is that stored product pests do not need much moisture and therefore are not often found in bathrooms or basements.
If you think you have these pests in either one of those locations save specimens, call a pest professional, and try to identify any product you think they may be living in, like rid-x.
Author: G. Wyatt West–A University of Georgia Graduate of Entomology