Home Pest Control Tips: Kitchens

Kitchen Pest Control

Pantry Pests

Merchant grain beetles and Indian meal moths are among the most common pantry pests found in kitchens.

They contaminate stored ingredients that are typically used to bake delicious holiday treats, such as:

  • Flour
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate

Problems Caused by Pantry Pests

Pantry pests don’t pose serious health or property threats, but because they can infest an area in a short amount of time, it’s important to stop a problem before it begins.

One of the easiest ways to prevent an infestation is to routinely clean out pantries and cabinets, and sift through common stored products like flour and spices.

Kitchen Pest Prevention

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends some additional tips to keep pantries pest-free during the busy holiday baking season:

  • Food Storage: Store food in Tupperware-type containers with secure lids.
  • Food Packaging: Make it a habit while grocery shopping to carefully inspect food products in cardboard packages for signs of damage prior to placing it in the cart. Only purchase items that show no sign of damage.
  • Expiration Dates: Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Sanitation: Keep kitchen counters, floors and sinks clean because crumbs and spills quickly attract pests.
  • Trash: Dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Cracks & Gaps: Seal cracks or holes around the stovepipes and water pipes.
  • Moisture: Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

If homeowners discover any pests in the pantry, they should thoroughly clean the shelves with a vacuum and discard the infested food in an outdoor trash bin.

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