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What’s in Your Pantry? Eden’s Guide to Pantry Pests

Keep your pantry pest free with Eden’s tips

During the holidays, you may have more than crackers, baking supplies and cereal in your pantry. Washington and Oregon pest control professionals state that the pantry is a prime area for pests because it offers an abundance of food. Save yourself the unpleasantness of discovering a critter infestation in your food with our tips.

Common Pantry Pests

  • Indianmeal moth, also called a meal moth
  • Several varieties of beetles
  • Weevils
  • Rodents

Signs that You Have Pantry Pests

  • Seeing insects (e.g. small moths or beetles) or rodents
  • Seeing insect larvae or eggs
  • Finding small webs in food or on packages
  • Finding rodent droppings or urine
  • Cardboard boxes and plastic bags have irregularly shaped, small openings
  • Seeing bits of paper next to a cardboard box

Integrated Pest Management Tips for Preventing Pantry Pests

  • Store non-canned food products, including pet food, in hard plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Place a bay leaf in canisters of dry goods; pests don’t like its smell
  • Don’t purchase food products that have a hole in the packaging, regardless of how small it is
  • Immediately clean spills and crumbs in the pantry
  • Keep the pantry clean, including the floor
  • Regularly inspect the pantry for pests   
  • Throw away infested food in a lidded garbage can outside

If you have a severe infestation or pests keep returning to the pantry, call an Oregon or Washington pest control expert for help. Eden Pest uses integrated pest management to effectively control pests in a manner that doesn’t risk your family or pet’s health. Call today to schedule an inspection

 

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