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    About Stored Product Pests

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    Drugstore/Cigarette Beetles

    These small insects are notorious for infesting tobacco, dried herbs, spices, and various pantry items, causing significant damage and contamination.


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    Indianmeal Moth

    These moths infest stored food products in homes and businesses, causing significant damage to stored grains, flours, cereals, and a variety of other dry goods.

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    Rice Weevils

    These insects are a common household pest that plagues stored grains, including rice, wheat, oats, and various other cereal products.


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    Red-Legged Ham Beetles

    Red-Legged Ham Beetles (also known as Copra Beetles) are reddish-brown insects that measure around 3 to 4 millimeters in length. Despite their name, they do not have red legs; rather, their legs are brown like the rest of their body.


    Indianmeal moth posed on wood table

    Sawtoothed grain beetle

    Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles, scientifically known as Oryzaephilus surinamensis, are brown beetles that measure around 2 to 3 millimeters in length. 


    Rice Weevils climbing

    Red Flour Beetles

    Red Flour Beetles, scientifically known as Tribolium castaneum, are slender and reddish-brown in color. Adult beetles range from 3 to 4 millimeters in length and have long antennae.


    Stored product pests are a common nuisance for homeowners, food storage facilities, and agricultural industries. These tiny yet destructive creatures can infiltrate your pantry, wreaking havoc on your stored food items. Three of the most troublesome stored product pests are cigarette beetles, Indianmeal moths, and rice weevils. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore effective strategies to control and prevent infestations of these pests.

    Prevention: The First Line of Defense

    1. Proper Storage Containers: The Key to Pest-Proof Pantries


    Invest in airtight containers to store dry goods such as grains, cereals, and baking supplies. These containers serve as an impenetrable barrier against pests and maintain the freshness of your food.


    2. Regular Inspection and Cleaning: The Maintenance Routine


    Frequent inspection of stored items is crucial for early pest detection. We’ll discuss how to create a maintenance routine to keep your pantry pest-free and how to identify signs of infestation.


    3. Temperature Control: Outsmarting Pests with Cold and Heat


    Understanding the temperature preferences of these pests is essential. Learn how to use freezing or heating methods to exterminate hidden pests in your stored products.

    Maintaining a Pest-Free Pantry

    1. Long-Term Prevention: Keeping Pests at Bay


    Once you’ve rid your pantry of pests, maintaining a pest-free environment is critical. We’ll provide tips for ongoing prevention and management to ensure these troublesome insects stay out of your stored products.


    2. Educating Others: Sharing Knowledge


    Share the knowledge you’ve gained with family and friends to create awareness about stored product pests. Help them protect their stored food items from infestations.


    3. Contact PMi


    PMi proudly offers our pest control service in North Carolina’s Triad and Sandhills communities. Our teams of dedicated pest exterminators and wildlife management experts have the tools and knowledge to quickly solve any of your needs.

    Stored product pests can be a persistent nuisance, but with the right knowledge and strategies, you can protect your pantry from invaders like cigarette beetles, Indianmeal moths, and rice weevils. You can ensure your stored goods remain safe and pest-free by implementing effective prevention and elimination methods.

    If your prevention methods fail, though, take back control of your pantry by contacting PMi.

    For more on stored product pests in the NC region, check out what the University of North Carolina has to say.


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