Stored Food Pest Identification

What you need to know about stored food pests

Stored food pests regularly find their way into our homes independently or with our help. Learning the basics about these pests is a good start to keeping these pests out of your Reno home

What are stored food pests?

Stored food pests are those insects that invade dry goods that we keep in our kitchens and pantries. Any home or business where food is prepared or stored can fall victim to these pests. 

Some stored food pests like ants feed on the food stored in our homes. Others like moths and beetles use our stored foods as breeding sites. Their females lay their eggs on an appropriate food source; when the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the provided food, contaminating it with their saliva and excrement.

Some of the most common stored food pests invading kitchens in the Reno area include:

  • Ants
  • Carpet beetles
  • Indian meal moths
  • Mediterranean moths 

No matter what type of insect is in your kitchen, they all have in common that they don't belong! 

Are stored food pests dangerous?

Stored food pests are a threat to our food supply. They invade and contaminate large quantities of food- spoiling way more food than they could ever consume. Though these insects are small, their economic impact is enormous!

Stored food pests don't pose significant dangers to people. But when in our homes, they contaminate our food. In addition, discovering their presence in your family's food is unsettling- no one wants to share their pancake mix with beetles, moths, or ants!

Why do I have a stored food pest problem?

Insects that feed on dry goods stored in your home enter your home one of two ways-on their own or by hitchhiking. 

The most common way that an infestation begins is after we purchase food from the store already infested with their eggs or larva. We then unknowingly bring these hitchhiking pests into our homes right through the front door!

Stored food pests can also enter our homes on their own. Many adult beetles and moths are attracted to lights and gather around windows and doors. As they travel around your home's exterior, they move inside through vents, gaps around windows and doors, or torn screens that provide them with entry points. Once inside, females will look for suitable places to lay their eggs- your family's stored foods!

Ants are common household pests and another example of stored food pests that enter our homes independently. They have an excellent sense of smell, and the food odors found in our kitchens and dining areas lure them inside our homes. Once they discover there is food available to them, they will keep returning!

Where will I find stored food pests?

Stored food pests thrive in areas of a home where there is food present for them to consume or to use as breeding sites. Kitchens, pantries, and other food storage areas are where you are most likely to discover these pests. 

Adult beetles and moths are regularly found gathering around light fixtures or on window sills; they also like to rest on walls. 

Some of the most common foods stored in our homes to be infested and contaminated by these pests include:

  • Whole grains
  • Rice and cereal
  • Dried meats and fruits
  • Bread
  • Chocolate
  • Dry pet food and birdseed
  • Dried herbs and spices

If you have discovered insect activity in your kitchen, immediately reaching out for help is the best way to remove the infestation as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

How do I get rid of stored food pests?

For the best pest control in Reno, Nevada, turn to the professionals at Natura Pest Control. We help you eliminate your pest problems in the safest and most effective manner possible. Our professionals know the pests that call Reno home and understand that our customers have unique pest control needs! We will remove pests from your home using clean, green, organic products and prevent their return through our regular pest control services.

To learn more about ridding your Nevada property of unwanted stored food pests through our residential or commercial pest control services, reach out today!

How can I prevent stored food pests in the future?

The best way to avoid problems with stored pests is to partner with a professional, schedule regular pest control services, and implement the following prevention tips.

  • Inspect groceries as you put them in your cart. Never purchases food whose packaging has been torn or otherwise damaged. 
  • Invest in hard-sided containers with air-tight lids to store dry goods in your pantry and kitchen.
  • Regularly check the expiration dates of the food stored in your kitchen- discarding any expired or old items. 
  • Maintain a clean kitchen that is free of crumbs and other food debris.
  • Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors that could allow stored food pests to enter your home.

Partner with the professionals at Natura Pest Control to help you maintain a home free of stored pests.

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