There are many pests that infest a variety of stored food products and cause contamination. At Pre-empt Pest Control, we know what a problem this can be for both homeowners and business owners. Many that work in the food industry have to be especially vigilant in keeping these pantry pests out of their food inventory to avoid the risk of losing substantial amounts of money in damaged and contaminated food.
Common Stored Product Pests
Several foods can easily become contaminated when pests gain access to it. Foods like dried fruit, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds and even tobacco can fall victim. Any time these foods are infiltrated, they become unfit for consumption and must be thrown away. Some of the most common insects found in store food products include:
– Cigarette Beetles
– Drugstore Beetles
– Flour Beetles
– Indian Meal Moths
– Rice Weevils
Signs of Pantry Pests in Food
When you find these pests in your pantry closet at home, it may mean that you have to throw away some of your food storage like flour and sugar. When you are in the food industry and you find signs of pests in your food storage, it can mean a significant loss. This is why the pest experts at Pre-Empt Pest Control is here to share signs that are often present when you are facing a pest problem in your stored food.
– Holes, larvae or webbing that is noticeable on the outside of food boxes
– Presence of insects in your pantry or in food storage bins
– Larvae, pupae or silken webbing on any food packaging
– Live or dead insects in your food