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How to Stop Destructive Pantry Pests in Your Home

September 25, 2018

We take our health and safety very seriously, especially with the potential of danger and disease everywhere. That being said, have you ever opened a box of pancake mix to find bugs crawling in it? Hopefully, you haven’t, but if you have, or are opposed to this happening, you are in the right place. Today we are talking about the pantry pests of Port St. Lucie. In particular, beetles, weevils, grain moths, and meal moths. We will cover topics such as “How did they get in?” “What threats do they pose?” “Do they go away?” and, most importantly, “How do I stop them?”

moth on a piece of bread

How Did They Get In?

Beetles, weevils, grain moths, and meal moths will invade your home in a number of ways. Some are attracted to moisture and light, others to tobacco, but mainly all these pests share one common attractant, pantry foods. In particular, most pantry pests enjoy dry foods, such as flour, dried whole grains, cereal, pet food, dried fruits, dried beans, etc. More often than not these pests will invade these foods before they invade your home. This means that box of unopened pancake mix may be hiding an unwanted pest surprise. To prevent this from occurring, check boxes of food for small holes before buying them and bringing them home. Some other common ways these pests invade include crawling or flying through open doors and windows, especially as the weather cools. Consider installing door sweeps on exterior doors, and keeping all windows and doors closed as much as possible if they do not have screens. If they do have screens, make sure those screens are hole and tear free, as bugs will use these as entry points to gain access to your home. Moths, in particular, will be attracted to your exterior lights at night before becoming attracted to the food within. Sodium vapor lights are a good way to reduce the chances of your lights attracting unwanted moths.

What Threats Do They Pose?

Pantry pests (though some destroy corn, and others wheat) one way or another are always destroying something. Whether you are a farmer or a homeowner, if you find bugs in your food, you throw it out, but why? The obvious reason is that bugs are creepy crawlers that no one wants to consume, even by accident. It’s unsanitary and frankly disgusting. Most of these pests will even go to the extent of laying their eggs in food, which when hatched into larva will further feast and contaminate foods.

Do They Go Away?

Usually, pests will hibernate, or die out, as fall turns into winter. Unfortunately Florida never truly gets cold. At least not cold enough for snow in winter, or cold enough to see our breath in brisk air. This can be good and bad. It means no hassle of shoveling driveways in winter. The weather has little impact on pantry pests, as they tend to live in the climate-controlled comfort of our homes.

How Do You Stop Them?

Here are the prevention steps we covered earlier, along with a few more ways to deter pantry pests from invading your home.

  • Wipe counters of spills after cooking
  • Seal cracks and crevices along exterior walls, especially around the kitchen
  • Install door sweeps to exterior doors
  • Repair holes and tears found in window screens
  • Only buy food in sealed packages that have no signs of damage
  • If possible, store dry foods in airtight containers
  • Install sodium vapor lights to the exterior of your home

Although helpful, do-it-yourself tips are not always 100% effective. If you truly want a pantry pest-free home, it is best to get a professional involved. Here at Nozzle Nolen, we have the protection plan for you. Our year-round pest control package has been hand designed by pest professionals to help you keep your home free of all varieties of pantry pest invaders. When it comes to pest control there is none better than Nozzle Nolen. Trusted by over 20,000 homes and businesses here in southern Florida, you can feel confident that you have made the right choice. Don’t live in fear of pests in your pancakes, contact Nozzle Nolen today!


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