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Who else might be eating your cereal? Common pantry pests and how to naturally get rid of them

Pantry pests - Insects found in stored food

Finding insects or other pests in the pantry or kitchen cupboards can be extremely distressing for every homeowner. We all know that many pests can transmit different diseases and consuming food that pantry pests have been in contact with can be actually very dangerous for our health.
Pantries and cupboards can be an easy target for pantry pests because we tend not to move their contents around very much. This makes it ideal for insects or other pests who will live undisturbed, growing in numbers, until the day you pull out an old bag of flour and receive a nasty surprise
Getting rid of pantry pests can be time and money-consuming, but is possible. In most cases, you will be able to get rid of their presence on your own, but it is beneficial to get it looked at by a professional pest control company.

Sings of Pantry Pest Infestation

  • Live or dead insects, larvae, pupae, or silken webbing 
  • Holes, on the outside of food packets or bags;
  • Larvae, pupae, or silken webbing in food harbourages in cracks and crevices around shelves and kitchen cupboards
  • Larvae, pupae, or silken webbing on window sills;
  • Pests caught in insect traps.

Pantry Pest Control - Step By Step

Keep in mind that many pantry pests are strong fliers and that their larvae can crawl some distance from a source of infestation. The source of infestation is usually limited to a small area such as kitchens, or a single cupboard, or a single susceptible product. Before attempting pantry control, find out the source and eliminate it.
Unfortunately, this is not always an easy job.  You need to check all packaged products. Do not overlook the fact that a sealed container may be infested because the lid may be loose enough to allow pantry pests to escape from it.

It is possible to kill pantry pests by putting lightly infested packages in the freezer for two or three days.

Do not forget to periodically clean all cupboards in your kitchen. Many pantry pests can breed in food particles that spill or sift from packages and accumulate in cracks and corners. The insects can then infest food packages on the shelves later.

Whenever possible, dry foods can be stored in a clean glass or metal containers with tight-fitting lids. It is highly recommended to clean containers thoroughly before placing fresh food in them. Never leave them undisturbed for long periods of time.

Common Pantry Pests

Ants are one of the most common pantry pests, perhaps because they can enter through doors and windows. If you spot ants crawling around your kitchen floor don’t be surprised if you do need to call a local ant exterminator, according to the specialist from Archers Pest Control, ant infestations can happen fast. In fact, ants can be difficult to get rid of by yourself, and the way to get rid of ants depends on the type of ants you are dealing with, and while you know ants by sight, you don’t necessarily know the species.

How to get rid of ants in your property: Keep your home sealed properly. Placing non-toxic deterrents like talcum powder, bay leaves, and vinegar, at suspected entry points will eliminate the pesky pests.

Weevils are also called flour bugs because that is where they could be easily found. In fact,  there are more than 90 000 types of weevils. Weevils are a type of beetle with an elongated snout. Most of them are less than 0.25 inches in length. Usually, their colour is grey or brown.

How to get rid of weevils in your property: Bay leaves or garlic cloves are well-known natural repellents to weevil infestation. Placing a few bay leaves or cloves in your dried food containers will prevent an infestation, and position several cloves of garlic around your cupboards, pantry, and kitchen to deter these bugs from infesting your London property. White vinegar is also a well-known method to kill weevils. After rinsing your cupboards with soapy water, wipe them down with white vinegar to prevent a future infestation.

Indian Meal Moth
Indian meal moths are one of the most commonly reported pests of stored grains in the United Kingdom. This is probably because their favourite foods include grains, grain products, dried fruits, nuts, and cereals. You will easily recognize the Indian meal moths by their forewings, which are reddish-brown.

How to get rid of Indian meal moths in your property: Like most pantry pests, these insects are tiny enough to burrow through a window or door mesh and slide through any tiny gaps in packages or bags. Be sure to store your grain food the right way in plastic containers or jars.

One of the most terrifying pantry pests is cockroaches according to many London businesses and homeowners. Cockroaches usually can get into your property by riding in boxes, furniture, and other items brought in, or sometimes they can invade from the outside or from sewers and drains. Once inside, cockroaches follow water pipes and electrical lines through walls from one room to another. Because they love to hang out on wood surfaces, they may gravitate toward your pantry and kitchen cupboards.

How to get rid of Cockroaches in your propertyIt might sound unbelievable, but essential oils are actually a proven cockroach repellent. Their strong smell disrupts their hunting path and if the oil concentration is strong enough, the substance will also kill a cockroach infestation. The scents most hated by the cockroaches are lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils.

Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are tiny insects that love to feed on rotting food such as fruits and vegetables as well as other food that’s in the process of decaying or fermenting. These annoying pests can reproduce quickly and can hitch a ride in bags or from fresh food brought home from the shop.

How to get rid of Fruit Flies in your property: In a bowl or cup, place a small amount of apple vinegar at the bottom and seal it with plastic wrap. Poke a few small holes in the wrap. This way the flies will crawl in, but won't be able to crawl out.

If you suspect a pantry pest infestation, contact the specialist from Archers Pest Control. Keep in mind that pantry pests can reproduce quickly and can take over your kitchen. It may initially seem like a small problem that can quickly turn into an infestation. 

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