Keeping Pantry Pests Out of your Baltimore, MD Pantry

September 15, 2021

Some pests are a threat to your home all year long, regardless of the season. Unfortunately, this includes pantry pests like the carpet beetle, cigarette beetle, larder beetle, clothes beetle, and Indian meal moth. If you have food or even birdseed in your home, you are at risk of getting pantry pests.

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Why Should I Be Worried About Pantry Pests?

Pantry pests breed and lay their eggs in items like food products and even birdseed. They can lay 100-300 eggs at a time, which may hatch in as little as 2 to 14 days. They can quickly get out of hand and become an infestation before you are even aware of their presence.

These types of pests can be brought home from the store with you or may even start to develop from stored products in your home. Store-bought food packaging does not usually prevent these pests from getting into their products because pantry pests can chew through cellophane and plastic bags to get inside. They can work themselves into flour bags or even cardboard or will lay their eggs within the tiny crevices where the packages were sealed. When their offspring hatch, they readily have food provided for them, and so, the cycle repeats.

Prevent A Pantry Pest Problem In Your Baltimore Home

When you shop, avoid choosing packages that look like they may be open, out of date, or have any other suspicious signs such as specks or clumping in the package. You can often spot signs of larvae, which may look like specks of sawdust, around the sealed part of boxes or flour bags and other food you purchase. While it is time-consuming, inspecting things before you buy them will help reduce your risk of inadvertently bringing unwanted pests into your home.

Below are some tips to help prevent a pantry pest invasion.

  • Keep flour, sugar, rice, and other products in airtight plastic containers (not bags). While pantry pests can chew through plastic and paper bags, they cannot eat through hard plastic.

  • Set up a schedule to periodically inspect your pantry food and remove outdated food. Look for the presence of pests.

  • If you find any spider webs in your cabinets or pantry, it is likely an indication that you have pantry pests. Spiders will usually spin their web around a food source, such as pantry pests.

  • Merely putting dog food or birdseed in the garage is not enough to keep pantry pests out of them—store dog food or birdseed in hard plastic containers, whether inside the home or garage.

  • Caulk gaps around exterior doors and windows and install door sweeps to help reduce the risk of them, and other pests, from getting inside.

Let Destroy Pest Control Help With Your Pantry Pest Problem

Pantry pests can quickly become an expensive problem because you have to throw away the groceries they have contaminated. The process of eliminating them can be overwhelming because if you don't kill off the eggs, you will continue to have new larvae when the eggs hatch.

Don’t risk continually having to throw food away because of these annoying pests. Call Destroy Pest Control today and let us get rid of the pests that are bugging you.

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