What Pantry Pests Might Be Invading Your Worcester Home?
The last thing you expect to see when you open the lid of your flour container is pests crawling inside, yet it happens more often than you think. Dubbed “pantry pests,” there are an entire group of creatures that want nothing more than to hatch inside your flour, rice, cereal, and other pantry staples. These pantry pests could be anything from Weevils, Flour Beetles to Indian Meal Moths. What exactly are you dealing with?
The Likely Suspects
There are many different types of pantry pests, but here are a few of the most common.
Weevils: Both grain and rice weevils can be a real problem in homes. They tend to like to feed on whole grains or seeds, and they range in size from 1/8 to 3/16 inches in length. You are likely to find them inside your birdseed, a bag of un-popped popcorn or even mixed nuts.
Indian Meal Moths: Easily the most common of all pantry pests, these can be found in homes, grocery stores, or even food warehouses. The larva like to hide in coarse flour grades or whole grains. You’ll notice this creature if you start to see silk webbing near the surface of your food. The adults are typically a half inch long, and their wings start as gray at the base then move to a brown or copper color at the top.
Flour Beetles: There are actually two main types of flour beetles – the red flour beetle and the confused flour beetle. They look fairly similar. They’re both a dark red or brown color, and they’re both about 3/16 inches long. They tend to feed on their namesake flour, but they’ll also eat cake mixes, beans, and even chocolate. Most of these beetles do not stray far from their original food sources.
The Next Step
These can be difficult pests to eliminate in your home. Unless you’re able to locate where the infestation first occurred, you’re going to see an increasing number of insects, and they’re likely to find other food sources. They’ll feed on anything they can, so almost nothing in your pantry is safe, and your pet’s food isn’t safe either.
If you’re worried about pantry pests in your home, give Ransford Pest a call immediately. We’ll help track the source of the infestation down, eliminate the problem, and help you find the right control method so your food doesn’t suffer an infestation in the future.