Stored Product Pests
Nothing will ruin your appetite quickly like finding a bug in your food. Stored product pests can infest packaged food, follow you home or to the office after purchase, and then infest the other food in your pantry or break room. To protect your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware from stored product pests, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What Are Stored Product Pests?
Stored product pests, also known as pantry pests, are small pests that infest food inside of packaging. Pest control experts explain this title is used to describe various types of weevils, moths, beetles, and mealworms. Infestation can occur at the time of harvest, during shipment, or once the food arrives at your home or place of business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware.
How Do I Identify Stored Product Pests?
Stored product pest identification can be difficult because they’re small and resemble other pests that are commonly found in homes and businesses in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Pennsylvania. Certain types of moths and beetles are pantry pests and it can be hard to differentiate between the various types of these pests and the ones that simply flew or crawled into your house or office from the outside. Seeing pests inside your pantry and getting help from an exterminator are the two best ways to identify stored product pests.
How Do I Get Stored Product Pests?
Exterminators explain stored product pests can infest grains during harvest, storage, or shipment. In these situations, there’s no way to know that you have purchased a product that’s infested until you get it home. If you already have a problem with stored product pests in your home or office kitchen in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware, they can infest the new products that you bring in and store nearby.
What Are the Effects of Stored Product Pests In and Around My Home or Business?
Stored product pests in your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business can ruin your food. When stored product pests have access to food, their population can grow quickly. This can cause you to have numerous annoying pests flying or crawling around your home or business. These pests live and breed in food, which means that your food supply can become infested with eggs, pupae, larvae, and adult insects, as well as fecal matter and shed skins. If your business is in the food industry, this is a very serious problem to have. Food items that are infested with stored product pests have to be disposed of. For business owners, this can result in the loss of the money spent on supplies, as well as the loss of potential profit.
How Long Do Stored Product Pests Live?
The lifecycle of stored product pests varies because this title describes a wide variety of pests. Experts at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the lifecycle of stored product pests ranges from a few weeks up to eight months.
How Do I Prevent Stored Product Pests?
You can unintentionally bring stored product pests into your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland or Delaware any time you go shopping for food. In order to prevent or control stored product pests, the pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend shopping only at trusted retailers. If you notice any pests in your pantry or see a moth nearby, both are potential indicators of stored product pests. You can prevent further infestation by getting expert pest control help and recommendations on how to deal with the stored product pests you already have, so they can’t infest food that you bring home in the future.