The holiday rush is soon to be upon us and what does that mean but dusting off all that baking equipment and getting ready for the grand gorging.  But before you get your festive Paula Deen on, take a quick moment to check your flour and other grains.  Insects known as pantry pests like Indian meal moths, weevils and beetles are all known to inhabit food stuff, especially items that are often overlooked such as bulk grains, spices and other dry goods.  Read more to hear how Ace Walco recommends keeping your kitchen and pantry pest free this holiday season.

Pantry Pests and Thanksgiving Cooking

What Are Pantry Pests?

Pantry pest is an umbrella term used in the pest control industry to describe a host of insects that inhabit food.  Most common among pantry pests is the ubiquitous Indian meal moth, a small, striped moth that loves to feast on cereals, rice and grains.  Other pests in this category include a variety of species of beetles and weevils, most of which ship with the food they inhabit and eat.  Often, people bring these insects home from the grocery store without even realizing it.

 

How Did I Get Pantry Pests?

Often we see customers who are surprised that they have merchant grain beetles or Indian meal moths because their homes are clean.  Pantry pests are indiscriminate in their infestations, and most often they ship inside the foodstuff they inhabit.  Often food distribution centers can have infestations and grains get shipped anyway.  There are some steps you can take to keep your home safe from the ravages of maggots in your flour.  Read on for Ace Walco’s best tips.

 

Tips for Avoiding Pantry Pests

  • Inspect food before you buy it at the grocery store.  If there are holes in the packaging, you might be tipped off that something is in there, biting through.  If something looks suspicious, don’t buy it and you can rest assured that it won’t get in your house.
  • Next, make sure to store your dry goods properly.  The best way to store things safely away from pests is in air-tight glass or plastic containers.  Discard of old or out-of-date foods.
  • Always clean up food right away after you’ve finished and you can avoid all kinds of pests.  Specific to pantry pests, take a moment every now and then to wipe down pantry and cupboard shelving with soap and water.
  • Get rid of trash right away and store it, both inside and out, in sealed, air-tight containers.  

 

If you notice pantry pests in your holiday baking supplies, don’t panic!  Just call Ace Walco and set up a free, no-obligation inspection and we’ll have you on your way to the best hostess prize.

 

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