Pantry pests, also known as ‘Stored Product Pests”, are a group of pests with an appetite for dried and processed food products that are stored in your home. Products can include: flour, cereal, dry pasta, dry pet food, powdered milk, cornstarch, crackers, spices, bread, bird seed, dried nuts, fruit and more.
Although pantry pests include a variety of insects, the Indian meal moth, saw-toothed grain beetle, and the cigarette beetle are most commonly found in kitchens and homes.
Pantry pests can breed almost continuously as they tend to live in the food products they thrive on. These insects can produce several generations of their kind in the course of a single year. They are most often brought into the home through packaged food products that have already been infested, however, they can also enter your home from outside. Infestations can start with just a few insects, but their numbers can quickly grow if they have easy access to food sources and a place to reproduce.
Infestations are easy to overlook because the insects are quite small and often resemble the color of their food. Often the first sign of an infestation is the appearance of small moths flying around or the presence of beetles in or near food packages. They are attracted to the light which is why you will see them flying apart from their food source.
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