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Pantry pests, also known as stored product pests, are a group of unwelcome insects who thrive on the dried and processed foods stored in your cupboards and pantries. You can keep these nuisances out of your business’ storerooms and snack closets by storing food properly in clean safe containers.

Winter is when pests seek out warm safe food sources for the season. Prevention is the most effective way to manage pantry pests, but if a rascally rice weevil or sneaky Indian meal moth makes its way into your stores, we have ways to ensure your caches remain safe. Because these pests can multiply quickly, it’s best to act quickly and decisively. Read below to identify common pantry pests and learn how to thwart them before you have unwanted visitors at your lunch break.

What Are Stored Product Pests?

Stored product pests are a group of insects comprised of beetles, moths, and weevils that live on stored dried goods. Here are some of the most common pests New Yorkers find in their pantries.

These common pests all leave small, mealworm looking larvae behind. You may notice leftover skin husks and egg casings near or in your food supply. The larvae quickly grow thanks to your generous food supply and they are capable of quickly repopulating if not properly eliminated.

How Do I Prevent Pantry Pests?

Prevention is the best method of stored product pest control. By storing your food properly at your place of work, you prevent pests from getting in and multiplying. Here are some tips to consider:

By keeping only fresh foods and snacks on site in pest proof containers, you can limit your susceptibility to any of these six-legged would-be coworkers. 

How Do I Get Rid of Stored Product Pests?

If you find any of the above-mentioned pests in your food or in your workplace follow these steps to address the infestation:

Catching pantry pests quickly and disposing of them is key to preventing continued infestation. If you’re unsure where pests are coming from or how to stop them, it may be time to get professional assistance.     

We Handle New York’s Worst Pantry Pests

Assured Environments has been keeping beetles, weevils and moths out of New York businesses since 1934. We know you have 1,000 other concerns at work beyond bugs in your trail mix. Call or contact us today and let us make sure pests don’t plague your provisions.