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Are You Ready For Spring Pantry Pests?

May 9, 2018

Now that spring has sprung, you're probably going to start doing some spring cleaning, if you haven't already. Now is also the perfect time of year to protect your pantry from the invasion of pantry pests. Here are some quick tips to get your pantry bug-proof.

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Exclusion Tips

Before moths, beetles, or weevils climb around in your food, they may explore your exterior walls and foundation perimeter.

  • Make sure all your screens are in good working condition.

  • Don't leave doors open for long, even if the door is between your garage and your home. An open door is an "open door" for pests.

  • Inspect your outside walls and seal gaps, cracks, holes, and other potential entry points.

  • Create a two-foot dry zone between your foundation and any grass or vegetation.

Pantry Maintenance

Use these tips to make your pantry more secure.

  • Check expiration dates on the packages in your pantry. The smell of decomposing organic matter is potent and alluring to pantry pests.

  • To help with using items before their due date, put new items in the back and old items to the front.

  • Consider storing items that come in cardboard or paper inside sealed plastic containers. This keeps the smells in and pantry pests out. It also helps to keep an infestation from spreading from package to package.

Pantry Pest Prevention

Moths, beetles, and weevils don't just come in from the outside of your home through entry points. They can be carried in from the grocery store.

  • Be sure to check due dates on packages before you purchase them.

  • Inspect packages for holes, tears, or openings that bugs could squeeze in through. Look closely, it doesn't take much of a hole.

What To Do When You Find Pantry Pests

If you ever have the unsavory displeasure of finding bugs or webbing in your foods, reach out to a pest control professional. A professional can not only guide you in arresting your infestation completely, they can give you helpful information about the conditions in and around your home that can make you more of a target for pests.

Are you in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area? If so, let Nozzle Nolen's team of certified and experienced pest management professionals help you maintain a bug-free home. We've been protecting homes and businesses since 1951, and we've seen pretty much everything. Reach out to us today to schedule a free inspection.


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