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Pantry Pest Identification Guide

What are pantry pests?

Pantry Pest

Pantry pests are those insects that lay their eggs in stored food and grains. They are a problem in both commercial facilities where food is stored and processed and our Rhode Island homes. 

Female pantry pests lay their eggs on appropriate food sources. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the food provided, contaminating it with their feces and saliva. 

The Mediterranean meal moth and the grain beetle are the two pantry pests species most likely to find a way into your Rhode Island home.

The adult Mediterranean meal moth is a pale grayish color. They have black wavy lines running across each wing.

Adult grain beetles are reddish-brown or black. They have flat, narrow bodies which allow them to enter through tight cracks. The middle section of their body has saw-like projections on each side. Depending on the species, the adults may or may not be able to fly.

Are pantry pests dangerous?

Pantry pests don’t pose any direct danger to people; they don’t bite, sting, or spread disease-causing pathogens. However, their presence in our homes is not necessary, and they should be eliminated from any structure storing or processing food immediately. Having pantry pests laying their eggs inside your family’s stored food is unsettling and unsanitary. Pantry pests contaminate way more food than their larvae can consume, causing a waste of both food and money.

Why do I have a pantry pest problem?

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How do I get rid of pantry pests?

When pantry pests find a way into our homes, they can be frustrating and difficult to eliminate. The safest and most stress-free way to eliminate pantry pests is to partner with a professional. At Encon, our business is to help people, and we take this commitment seriously. We treat our customers like family and work as a team to meet their pest control needs.

Our knowledgeable and trained technicians will use the most up-to-date products available to perform the treatments and services necessary to rid your home of unwanted pantry pests and other household pests. To learn more about our home pest control offerings in Worcester, MA, and surrounding areas, please give Encon a call today!

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