5 Steps to a Pantry Pest-Free Home
Whether you are in charge of baking pies for Thanksgiving or are gearing up to make Christmas cookies, the holiday baking season is here. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when many people discover they have pantry pests. A variety of insects fit into this category of pests, from ants and earwigs to the more common Indianmeal moth and confused flour beetle. To learn about preventing pantry pests from raiding your New Mexico home, keep reading for the top tips from our experts.
What to Know About Pantry Pests
Even the cleanest pantry pests can be raided by pantry pests (also known as stored product pests). In fact, many infestations begin when people buy damaged or infested goods from grocery stores. Even though pantry pests don’t pose a serious health risk, they can become a major nuisance to homeowners. Flour, grains, cake mixes, candy, chocolate, and other pantry staples are just a few of the things they will infest. Most of the damage to your stored goods is done in the larval stage of development, but infestations are most apparent in the adult stage of development.
How to Prevent Pantry Pest Infestations
To avoid the unsightly discovery of a pantry pest infestation, it’s important to know the keys to preventing pantry pests:
- Practice good sanitation: Make sure your pantry is always clean and dry. Reorganize regularly, making sure all stored food is still sealed and bug-free.
- Store food properly: Store all goods and opened packages in airtight, sealed containers.
- Use your food in a timely manner: Use all dry goods within four months.
- Check expiration dates: In addition to using all stored food within four months, always make sure the food is still well within the expiration date when purchasing.
- Inspect food before buying: Look for holes or cracks in food packaging; anything damaged, used, or opened should not be purchased.
Pantry Pest Removal
When you discover a pantry pest infestation, it’s important to toss out all infested items and clean out your pantry. If you’ve done all you can to prevent pantry pests and still are dealing with an infestation, it’s important to call a professional pantry pest exterminator. The experts at New Mexico Pest Control can help protect your from pantry pests year-round.