July 30, 2020


How Did These Bugs Get Into My Beaumont Pantry?

Have you ever poured out some pancake mix only to find a small bug crawling around? Or noticed a bug skeleton in your flour? If so, you might be wondering how bugs made their way into your pantry. Today we are talking about how pantry pests enter Beaumont homes and what you can do to prevent them from contaminating your food.

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Common Pantry Pests In Beaumont

Cigarette Beetles

Although these beetles are best known for attacking tobacco, they also attack other foods. The adults vary in length between 2 and 3 millimeters. They are light brown and have a rounded appearance. Typically, these beetles are attracted to pantries and cupboards that have dried goods. They may enter your home through gaps or cracks then, they lay their eggs in your food and start a cycle of destruction.

Indian Meal Moths

These moths start out as eggs, then become larvae and crawl into a food source. The caterpillars have a dark head and multiple legs, which makes them easy to confuse for maggots. However, maggots are legless and aren’t usually found in dry foods. Adult meal moths are whitish-gray near the head and reddish-brown near the wings. However, these do no damage to your dry goods.

Drugstore Beetles

Another common pantry pest, the drugstore beetle, is small and brown. It has wings with pits or punctures on it and is a strong flier. With an oval body, this pest seems to have a humped appearance. Drugstore beetles can survive for weeks without eating, so they are particularly difficult to eliminate. If you have any spills in your pantry, the adults will be attracted to your home.

How It All Starts

Although many house pests enter your home through cracks and crevices, some pantry pests have a less obvious way of invading. They can come in through your food packages, hidden amongst your dried goods. In any case, the infestation starts with an adult laying eggs in a product. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the food around it. As the pest matures, it does damage to your pantry foods. Eventually, it becomes an adult and starts the cycle over again.
 
The longer you wait to deal with an infestation, the worse your problem will become. Once you have pests in your food, it’s contaminated. You could find yourself spending a lot of money, replacing your food. Depending on your type of pantry pest, you may even put your family’s health at risk.

Tips For Preventing Pantry Pests

If you don’t want to deal with pantry pests, it is important to take some preventative measures.

  • Check your grocery store items before you buy them. Are there any holes in the packaging? If so, look for a new, unsealed package. 

  • Store all of your foods with care. Keep dry goods in tightly sealed plastic containers. Just remember that some pests can chew through cardboard, so you need a sturdy storage container. 

  • Clean up pantry spills as soon as they occur. Pests will be attracted to crumbs and other food particles. Before you find yourself battling an infestation, clean your pantry.

The Easiest Way To Prevent Pantry Pests

The simplest and most effective way to prevent pantry pests is to work with a professional. Unless you have pest control experience, it’s almost impossible to keep these pests away. Contact Bill Clark Pest Control for more prevention advice or for help in getting rid of an on-going infestation.




 
 

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