Food Pests / Pantry Pests

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Types of Food Pests / Pantry Pests


Carpet BeetlesCarpet beetles - fabric pests and food pests. While they are responsible for most of the fabric damage we see in the northwest, they will infest food, especially high protein grains, seasoning packets, pet food, and milled grain cat litter. More information on Carpet Beetles.


Roaches. Roaches can be a huge problem as they breed like no other food pest. Safeguard has treated thousands of homes for cockroaches over the years and our success rate is outstanding. . More on roach control.


drugstoreFlour BeetleWeevilIndian Meal Mothmoth

Drugstore and Cigarette Beetles (left). Grain Beetle and Grain Weevils (middle 2 pictures). Food Moths (Indian Meal Moth, Angoumois Grain Moth pictured) These are often referred to as stored product pests.

Stored Product Pests all have some similarities, they arrive at your home the same way, in pet food, or human food, and the treatment process for them is the same. The beetles are small and dark and the moths are less than half an inch.


About food pests / pantry pests

Most people get food pests from pet food stores, food imported from other countries, or from food which spent too much time either sitting in a warehouse or in your local grocery store.

Pantry pests can infest food at any stage of it's processing or storage. There are government guidelines for the amount of pest parts in food - but every grain storage, food storage, or processing site which handles grain or processes grain products has pantry pests. So does your local grocer.

Stored foods which are properly front faced in a store, turn over quickly in the store, and are consumed fairly quickly, say within 90 to 180 days after purchase - are less likely to have problems with stored product pests. Pet foods are not inspected or regulated as stringently as human food are more likely to be infested.


Treatment For Stored Product Pests (for the insects listed just above).

The first part of the treatment involves the homeowner going through and discarding or freezing all food that the stored product pest can be in. If it's not in a metal can - toss or freeze. New stored food products introduced into the home should be placed in high quality air tight storage containers.

The second part involves preparation. Most treatments fail, because the home is not prepared fully. See our prep sheet for preparation instructions.

Professional control measures for stored product pests will involve the treatment of cracks and crevices behind, under, and above cabinetry; under and behind baseboards, appliances, and sinks. It will involve treating into the cracks and crevices where food storage shelving meets walls or cabinetry, cabinet hardware, and framing, Treatment will also be applied directly to the shelves in food storage areas, and any where food has ever been stored in your home. For all practical purposes - this should apply to all cabinetry in your kitchen, your entire pantry, any food storage in your garage, and any closets which contain pet food. Finally, in the case of moth infestation, the area where your ceiling meets the top of your wall - should be treated, as this is an area that moths are prone to land on.

After the treatment moth traps can be placed to monitor for continued activity.


Residential Pest Control Customers

Information on residential services, service programs, and service preparation sheets can be found at our Residential Service Center.


Commercial Pest Control Customers

Information on commercial services, service programs, and how Safeguard can save you money, can be found at our Commercial Pest Control Center.








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