When you go to your kitchen and grab a bag of food you don’t want to find that critters have invaded it. This can make just about anyone lose their appetite and make you want to throw out all the food in the house. There are some common pests that get into the food in your house such as cockroaches, mice, rats and ants. They get in the house and will first search for a place to start to nest. The bonus of them being in the house is that they can usually find food that is left out on the counters or crumbs on the ground. The problem is that these pests are a real pain in your home but there are some pests that are specific to your pantry. They are considered a pantry pest and are usually found living and feeding on your food. They don’t run around trying to find a place to hide while they raid your pantry. They are just in the food and stay there. These are weevils, beetles and other small pests that you want to do all that you can to keep them out of the house.
Stewart Termite & Pest Control Lists How to Prevent Weevils, Rice Bugs & Other Pantry Pests
Pantry Pests are Often in Dried Beans, Pasta Boxes & Other Food You Bring Home: One of the things you may not know is that you might be bringing the pantry pests in the house. When you go shopping at the store you likely have a list that you go through the store and collect the items. You just take whatever is on the front of the shelf and bring it home. The problem is that you want to make sure you are careful about some of the things that you buy. If you see a package that has been damaged it is best to avoid that one and pick out another. This is because if the package has been damaged it is likely that air is in the bag and the pests are able to get in that food. When you bring it home and place them in the pantry these pests will start to get into other bags of food as well. You can help to avoid pantry pests by being a careful shopper.
Expired Food Dangers: You also want to make sure that you are careful about keeping food that has an expiration date after it has expired. You want to do what you can to go through the pantry and remove any items that are going to expire and throw them out. The longer you let them sit in the pantry the more likely it will be infested with pests. This can then spread to the other foods in your home. This can end up costing you more money when you have to replace the food that has been contaminated.
Clean Regularly to Avoid Pests: Just like any kind of pest the easier that it is to get food the more likely they are to invade your home. You want to make sure that you keep your kitchen clean and wash up the counters and dishes regularly. You also want to keep any crumbs cleaned out of the cupboards and off the shelves. This can help to keep pests out of your pantry.